Thursday, May 8, 2014

Firefox 29: What's New

For quite some time, Microsoft's Internet Explorer dominated the browser market since now-popular browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari were just being released.

Now, the browser industry has changed dramatically. The browsers that initially challenged IE have overtaken it by a very wide margin; Internet Explorer, due to its late adoption of new web technologies (the recently-discovered IE bug that could allow hackers to compromise the user's computer isn't helping either) as well as other browsers being loaded with new, cutting edge features. Chrome, being the most popular browser, is noted the most for being the fastest and lightest browser of the competition, but now it has a worthy rival. Why? Firefox 29 was released last Tuesday.

What makes Mozilla's browser different from before? Well, lots of things. For starters, if you have ever used earlier versions of Firefox before, you'll notice that the interface is completely different. The orange "Firefox" button that opened up a list including some of the basic tools of the browser, such as bookmarks, history, and opening a new tab, is gone. Instead, there is a menu button (similar to ones on mobile-optimized websites and applications) that does the same thing but in a more graphical, touch-friendly manner. It's also faster, more customizable, and is more out of the way when you just want to see the web. Here's the official video about it.