Mozilla has released Firefox 5, the latest version of its popular Web browser for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The release comes just three months after Mozilla released Firefox 4, and not even a month after the first Firefox 5 beta: the release follows Mozilla’s new rapid-release schedule, which aims to ship a new major version of the browser every three months in order to get new features and technologies to users more quickly.
“The latest version of Firefox includes more than 1,000 improvements and performance enhancements that make it easier to discover and use all of the innovative features in Firefox,” Mozilla wrote on its blog. “This release adds support for more modern Web technologies that make it easier for developers to build amazing
Firefox 5 is available as a free download for Windows 2000 or newer, Mac OS X 10.5 or newer (Intel-only), and LInux—a variety of localizations are already available, and more should be coming soon.
Mozilla is touting Firefox 5 as the first browser to offer cross-platform support for “Do Not Track” functionality, which basically inserts special headers into page-loading requests that ask remote sites not to record any personal information about the visitor—of course, it’s up to the remote sites to actually honor that request). Mozilla also says
Mozilla’s rapid release schedule is aimed at bringing new features an enhancements to users faster—in part to let the browser keep up with Google Chrome’s rapid release schedule. However, it also means users will be left behind more quickly: Firefox 6 is scheduled for late this summer.
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