Officially launching on Mozilla today, the development team behind Firefox has rolled out a variety of speed improvements and several different tweaks to the layout. Upon installing the new version, Firefox users will immediately notice the new light gray Start Page which contains a familiar Google search field in addition to a variety of new shortcut icons at the bottom of the screen. The one-click shortcuts include direct access to downloads, bookmarks, history, add-ons, syncing across devices and the main pop-up window for settings. There’s also a “Restore Previous Session” icon that opens up all the previous tabs that were being used the last time Firefox was opened.
Similar to Google Chrome, Mozilla plans to use the Start Page as a gateway to enter the Apps Market in order to help users find new extensions to install. The Start Page can be pinned as an App Tab in order to allow users quick access to the shortcuts. Also similar to Google Chrome, Mozilla has added support for nine thumbnails that display recently viewed sites when opening up a new tab.
Firefox users have the option of pinning specific thumbnails so those sites will always appear on the page or specifically deleting sites in order to remove a site from the page. Sites can also be dragged around the interface. If a Firefox user prefers the old design, there’s an option in the top right corner of the New Tab page that will revert to the solid white background.
In order to tweak loading times, Mozilla has modified the tab loading function that was added within Firefox 12. Rather than loading all tabs when the user starts
Mozilla has also included a new “Reset” button in Firefox 13 that will restore the browser to basic settings, but also saves all data related to your
According to PC World, other improvements within Firefox 13 include tweaked software that cycles memory and free up resources when a tab is closed as well as speed improvements within previously “unoptimized routines” in
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