Firefox 11 now officially available

Right on schedule six weeks after the release of Firefox 10, Mozilla Corporation has released Firefox 11, the latest version of the popular open source web browser. Users who update will find new features such as an option to migrate bookmarks, history and cookies from competing web browser Google Chrome, a fix for Growl notifications in Mac OS X, and the ability to synchronize add-ons across multiple computers.

Firefox 11 was originally going to be delayed a day or two due to a security bug reported by ZDI, but as explained on the Firefox blog by Senior Director of Firefox Engineering Johnathan Nightingale, the security bug at issue was already identified and fixed in Firefox. However, Firefox 11 is currently only available as a manual update for now in consideration of Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday." Users who wish to update can go to Help > About Firefox in the menu bar to download and install from within the application, or visit the Firefox website to download and install manually.

As mentioned earlier, one of the major additions to this version is a feature to import bookmarks, history and cookies from Google Chrome, presumably in an effort to win back defectors in a competition for second place of web browsers that seems to go to either Firefox or Chrome depending on which way the wind is blowing. Mac users will be pleased to find a fix for the Growl notifications, and the option to synchronize Firefox add-ons across multiple computers sounds fantastic to die-hard Firefox users.

The release notes can be viewed here, while the more comprehensive complete list of bug fixes can be viewed here.

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Firefox feels "heavy" to me now. Chrome has built up better app management and just feels lighter for some reason.

SPARTdAN said,
Firefox feels "heavy" to me now. Chrome has built up better app management and just feels lighter for some reason.

Have you even used 11? Firefox feels lighter then ever and Chrome is getting more bloated by the day. The two browsers are going opposite directions for the past few months now.

Should notice a big improvement though by Fx 13.

Tried last versions of the Browsers:

This Firefox 11, Nighty 13, IE9, Opera and latest Chrome

IE9 wins all in page scrolling, way faster
Firefox(s) come second, really improve Mozzilla
Opera next
and last, Chrome <- Scrolling in Chrome is sluggish, the last i used was 10 or 11, it was fast back then

machine with 6gb ram, core2duo and Amd Ati 6870 with latest drivers

What happened to Chrome?

SPARTdAN said,
Firefox feels "heavy" to me now. Chrome has built up better app management and just feels lighter for some reason.

Weird - since Firefox ~7 or so, it should feel quite a bit lighter than Firefox 4 due to numerous improvements to memory usage and "snappiness".

Personally I think Chrome is feeling more sluggish since the past three releases or so.

Have you actually tried Firefox for a day recently?

Mayhem said,
Tried last versions of the Browsers:

This Firefox 11, Nighty 13, IE9, Opera and latest Chrome

IE9 wins all in page scrolling, way faster
Firefox(s) come second, really improve Mozzilla
Opera next
and last, Chrome <- Scrolling in Chrome is sluggish, the last i used was 10 or 11, it was fast back then

machine with 6gb ram, core2duo and Amd Ati 6870 with latest drivers

What happened to Chrome?


Yes, Chrome was very impressive in version 10 when it gained the massive JS improvements, and this is a good question. I can only assume it's feature creep. While Chrome looks sleek on the outside, Google are adding tons of features to it. They're far from only focusing on good HTML5 & CSS3 support... Some technologies are non-standard Google stuff that haven't even caught on, like WebP and WebM, but there's more too, like Google Native Client. Chrome is becoming a platform more than a browser.

RiverRaid said,
I see no difference, its like the 3rd or 4th major release in a row with just the same interface
True. it should be called Firefox 4.7

RiverRaid said,
I see no difference, its like the 3rd or 4th major release in a row with just the same interface

personally i would not care as i would be mostly concerned with performance related stuff over general function as i feel most browsers are roughly the same in terms of general function with a basic install of the browser.

RiverRaid said,
I see no difference, its like the 3rd or 4th major release in a row with just the same interface

I'd be getting pretty annoyed if they changed the interface every six weeks! Most updates are generally bug fixes and minor improvements.

RiverRaid said,
I see no difference, its like the 3rd or 4th major release in a row with just the same interface

What Firefox needs isn't interface changes, which changed fairly recently. What Firefox needs is speed and better memory usage, both of which have seen quite some improvements the past few releases.

patseguin said,
So is version 12 coming in 2 weeks as a Metro app?

No, firefox will have 2 version. The metro version and the current version.

link6155 said,

No, firefox will have 2 version. The metro version and the current version.

Ah, I wonder when. The Metro browsing experience is pretty fun

patseguin said,
So is version 12 coming in 2 weeks as a Metro app?

A proof-of-concept "Metro Firefox" is planned for the Firefox 14 timeframe, i.e. in around five months.

Meh! I was once a big Firefox fan but shortly after they released their absolute failure of an Android browser, I switched to Chrome and haven't looked back.

Skyfrog said,
That's another problem with having major releases so often, soon no one cares anymore.

The excitement is gone. As are the cakes.


Exactly...
No cookies for you, Mozilla!

GS:mac

Rudy said,
Too bad it still doesn't do the scrollbars properly in OSX

Remember that Mozilla said they don't do platform specific things that go beyond making it run well?

Hmm... Now didn't they just announce... Firefox for Metro? Hmmm... Very interesting...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Remember that Mozilla said they don't do platform specific things that go beyond making it run well?

Hmm... Now didn't they just announce... Firefox for Metro? Hmmm... Very interesting...

Exceptions for ARM support perhaps?

For the benefit of everyone else...

Ayakawa's private Firefox community builds and patches.

Why would anyone use this? What does it improve over normal Firefox?

The Stark said,
Imported everything from Chrome, set-up sync, installed Ghostery, default search engine is now DuckDuckGo. So long, Google.

So the only thing stopping you was having to import your bookmarks and stuff from Chrome manually?
I think the browser wars are losing their intensity...

Tangmeister said,

So the only thing stopping you was having to import your bookmarks and stuff from Chrome manually?
I think the browser wars are losing their intensity...


LOL, I use Chrome myself for light browsing, but heavy browsing I do with Firefox... I wish there was a sync across browsers like this...

M_Lyons10 said,

LOL, I use Chrome myself for light browsing, but heavy browsing I do with Firefox... I wish there was a sync across browsers like this...
Xmarks.

Glassed Silver said,
Hooray! /s

This was long overdue /again: s

GS:mac

wayy too long overdue, i mean 6 weeks is just too long to wait!!

Glassed Silver said,
Hooray! /s

This was long overdue /again: s

GS:mac


This kind of comment for a browser on a quick release schedule wasn't either. I don't even bother to explain why they are anymore, and why it's not all a big conspiracy about numbers to attract users. I just assume people are thick.

Northgrove said,

This kind of comment for a browser on a quick release schedule wasn't either. I don't even bother to explain why they are anymore, and why it's not all a big conspiracy about numbers to attract users. I just assume people are thick.

Lighten up man, this is not supposed to be a letter to the devs.

Geez

GS:mac

ShareShiz said,
wheres the cupcake from IE ?

Think they might downsize to Fairy Cakes with the new release schedule rate now?

ShareShiz said,
wheres the cupcake from IE ?

They stopped it 1 or 2 versions ago saying 6 weeks was too short a schedule. That's after downsizing from a proper sized cake some time before if I remember correctly!

smooth_criminal1990 said,

They stopped it 1 or 2 versions ago saying 6 weeks was too short a schedule. That's after downsizing from a proper sized cake some time before if I remember correctly!

Bad economy... LOL

Aergan said,

i would avoid that due to it's noticeably higher RAM use vs regular Firefox which i think would negate any potential performance increases especially those of us with 2GB of RAM or less.

just a few minutes ago i decided to install Waterfox v11 to see if those RAM hog issues where sorted out and it's still there as with my current set of tabs open Waterfox 11 shoots to 400MB+ of RAM pretty quickly where as regular Firefox 11 i am currently floating around 250MB with basically the same tabs open. plus Firefox seems to stable out after many hours (possibly days) in the 250-400MB area where as i am sure Waterfox in that same time frame would most likely do what it used to which is shoot up 500-600MB+ pretty quickly.

if someone wants a 64bit browser of Firefox i would recommend 'Pale Moon x64' as that has it's own profile and seems to have similar RAM usage as the regular Firefox unlike Waterfox which RAM use is clearly higher.

Yawn... ho hum. thanks to chrome does anyone care about versions anymore? at this rate we oughtta be able to choose what Microsoft product we want and keep improving it.

PatrynXX said,
Yawn... ho hum. thanks to chrome does anyone care about versions anymore? at this rate we oughtta be able to choose what Microsoft product we want and keep improving it.

What do you mean, choose a Microsoft product and improve it?
Do you mean IE needs a quicker dev cycle, or that we should try to make their code better ourselves?

Tangmeister said,

What do you mean, choose a Microsoft product and improve it?
Do you mean IE needs a quicker dev cycle, or that we should try to make their code better ourselves?


I know what you mean. I don't even care about Firefox anymore. Chrome is jus so much better with all those nice extensions.

Deihmos said,

I know what you mean. I don't even care about Firefox anymore. Chrome is jus so much better with all those nice extensions.

i think Firefox is a better overall choice for those of us on 2GB of RAM or less as Firefox is clearly ahead of Chrome in terms of memory usage.

but i suspect if you got 4GB or RAM or more Chrome might not be a bad option.

Deihmos said,

I know what you mean. I don't even care about Firefox anymore. Chrome is jus so much better with all those nice extensions.

Personally I've been impressed by what's happened with Firefox lately. It looks similar, but under the hood it's quite a different browser than Firefox 4, both as for speed, and memory usage.

As for the future, Firefox 12 seems like it'll just have minor improvements, but Firefox 13 looks interesting with the home tab and new tab page.