Firefox 6 Now Available – What’s New

FirefoxHave you upgraded to Firefox 5 yet? Well, if you haven’t, forget about doing that because Firefox 5, despite being only 8 weeks old, is now obsolete. Firefox 6 is now available.

This is the second final release as part of Mozilla’s new rapid release cycle.

So what’s new in Firefox 6? Well, just like Firefox 5, not much. Most of the new features are things many users wouldn’t care about or even notice.

The address bar now highlights the current domain, which is a security feature. The domain name is displayed in a darker font than that of the subdomains and directories.

Firefox 6 Domain Highlighting

The part of the URL is darker

The site identify got a slight facelift. It now looks significantly lighter than before.

Firefox 6 Site Identity

Site Identity Block

For developers, there is now the new Scratchpad, which is an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment. It can be found in the Web Developer menu of the Firefox button.

Firefox 6 Scratchpad

Firefox 6 Scratchpad Tool

Browser startup time when using Panorama has also been reduced. There are also several security and stability improvements.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I really think Mozilla should have used version numbers like 4.1, 4.2, etc… Point releases are still considered major (like 3.5 and 3.6) and wouldn’t cause as much confusion among those who aren’t aware of the rapid release cycle.

What do you think of Firefox 6? What Firefox release channel are you on? Share with us in the comments.

Mozilla Firefox 6.0 Release Notes

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Brian is the co-founder of TechAirlines. He is a developer currently focusing on mobile and web development. He is currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University, majoring in Computer Science.

  • John

    Wow, are you serious? I’m still running Firefox 3.6 on my laptop. I better get upgrading, hope it isn’t slower though than my existing browser.

    • Brian Yang

      Firefox 3.6 only became outdated less than 5 months ago (Firefox 4 release). So technically, you’re not that behind. They’ve really increased their update frequency recently.