Desktops and Notebooks: Mozilla`s Firefox 6: Performance Tweaks, but No Huge Changes

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-08-17 Print this article Print
Firefox 6

Firefox 6

Mozilla released Firefox 6 a mere two months after the previous version hit the Web. As you can see, that could cause some issues with add-on compatibility.
Mozilla's new Firefox 6 doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of new features or visible changes to the user interface, but the organization claims its updated browser contains any number of under-the-hood tweaks to performance, including reduced startup times. The most prominent addition visible to users, it seems, is highlighting in the address bar. Perhaps in response to aggressive updates by rivals such as Google Chrome, Mozilla is pushing Firefox 6 into the ecosystem a mere two months after Firefox 5, which itself debuted three months after Firefox 4 entered the marketplace. And even as Firefox 6 makes its way onto users' computers, Mozilla has issued Firefox 7 as a beta. For most consumers, these rapid updates probably won't matter. For the enterprise, however, IT administrators and CIOs could find themselves harried by Mozilla's rapid pace; after all, companies large and small need to conduct testing (some of it time-intensive) before accepting a new version of a browser into their IT infrastructure. In a bid to appeal to those concerned business users, Mozilla has re-established a Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group for enterprise developers, IT staff and Firefox developers. Whether that proves effective in assuaging the concerns of IT pros, Mozilla's rivals are certainly trying to turn Firefox's rapid release cadence to their own advantage. Microsoft, for example, has devoted extra effort to pushing Internet Explorer as the ideal corporate browser. With that sort of pressure, it remains to be seen whether Mozilla can continue to eat away at Microsoft's browser share while fending off challenges from the likes of Google.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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