Mozilla has just released its first version of Firefox for 2013, Firefox 18. Firefox is basically an open source Web browser which is available free on the web. Firefox 18 seems to be the most stable browser version to date. It is available for Windows, Linux, Mac and Android.
The official version of Firefox 18 can be downloaded from the website Firefox.com; you can also automatically upgrade the older versions from there. In case you need the updated version for Android, you can do so from the Google Play Store.
Quoting what the team from Mozilla had to say about IonMonkey:
“It essentially has three steps:
- Run various algorithms to optimize the IR.
- Translate the final IR to machine code.”
Another long awaited feature that has been introduced in Firefox 18 is the support that it has added for Retina displays. A new algorithm to scale images has been put in to place, resulting in high resolution and much improved images on sites which depend on the browsers scaling feature. This has definitely been a welcome move.
Firefox 18 has also included preliminary support for WebRTC. WebRTC is an open project that is being supported by Mozilla, Google and Opera. Its basic endeavor being to enable users to get high quality video and voice communication live through any browser without having to install plug-ins or any other third-party software.
Another improved addition to Firefox 18 has been the built-in PDF viewer. This is definitely going to make a lot of people very happy.
One feature that was not included in this release and quite a few people might miss is the animated themes. Firefox 18 has done away with animated themes. In their statement they have sited performance issues regarding speed to be the reason for doing away with this feature.
Security has been another aspect on which Firefox 18 has worked on. It has included anti-malware and anti-phishing features that will alert a user every time it comes across any website with a malicious intent.