New features headed for Firefox 5 ... but do we need them?

Summary:A whole raft of new features are headed to Firefox 5 ... but are they features that hardcore Firefox users actually want?

A whole raft of new features are headed to Firefox 5 ... but are they features that hardcore Firefox users actually want?

ConceivablyTech has an extensive rundown of the new features.

  • Tab multi-select
  • A new tab page
  • Add-ons will get standardized toolbar support
  • File upload indicator
  • Home button will be replaced with a Home app tab
  • In-browser preview for files such as PDF or MP3
  • Taskbar web apps
  • Identity manager
  • Easy access to social media accounts for services such as Facebook and Twitter

Now, I know that some people will love having new features to play with and explore. But others will claim that Mozilla are baking too much bloatware into the browser and moving too far away from the core principals of speed, security and simplicity (I'm still hearing about terrible memory leaks in Firefox ...). In particular, I can see features such as built-in PDF/MP3 support and baking in support for commercial sites such as Facebook and Twitter being especially controversial.

What do you think? Are you a believer in 'more the merrier' or do you think that Mozilla should concentrate on the basics?

Topics: Browser

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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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