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Firefox 23 Released with Share Button, Mixed-Content Blocking and New Logo


Mozilla has released Firefox 23 for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. It comes with many new features and improvements; one of the interesting features is the “share” button which will change your browsing experience. The share button in the Firefox toolbar helps you to share your favorite content in a few clicks with friends and followers directly from Firefox, without navigating away or installing any add-ons. Firefox 23 also features mixed-content blocking that will prevent man-in-the-middle attacks. When we browse the net, we visit both secure HTTPS and regular HTTP pages. Firefox 23 will now try to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks by blocking any scripts from running on these sites.

New Features in Firefox 23:

  • Added a share button to the browser toolbar.
  • Mixed content blocking enabled to protects users from man-in-the-middle attacks and eavesdroppers on HTTPS pages.
  • Can be integrated with number of social sites like Facebook, Cliqz and Mixi or new sites like msnNOW.
  • “Enable JavaScript” preference checkbox has been removed and user-set values will be reset to the default.
  • Updated Firefox Logo.
  • Simplified interface for notifications of plugin installation.
  • Users can now switch to a new search provider across the entire browser.
  • Enabled DXVA2 on Windows Vista+ to accelerate H.264 video decoding.
  • Various security updates.

Developer changes:

  • Social share functionality.
  • Write more accessible pages on touch interfaces with new ARIA role for key buttons.
  • Added unprefixed requestAnimationFrame.
  • Dropped blink effect from text-decoration.
  • Implemented a global browser console.
  • The ability to add a sidebar panel has been dropped.
  • New feature in toolbox: Network Monitor.
  • Share button and panel added to the Social API. It adds one-click sharing functionality to Firefox.

Even if Firefox 23 comes with many improved features and fixed issues, there are some issues which are remain unfixed like moving Firefox to background while playing a flash video in full screen mode and bring it back to view will freeze the app, and if you try to start Firefox using a locked profile, Firefox will crash.
The Firefox users who have enabled automatic update in Firefox will get an update notification which will help them to update Firefox. Users can also download Firefox from the Mozilla website, from the FTP server directly or from the third party download portals.

Firefox 23 is compatible with Windows XP SP2, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Download Firefox 23.

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