Firefox 13 released, new Home page included

If you love Firefox and want to get your hands on Firefox 13, you can now do so by using the link below. The latest version of Firefox includes two new notable updates to the Home and new Tab pages. The official release of Firefox 13 will happen on June 5 but as typical with Mozilla, they have placed the final release on its servers a bit early.

The biggest change for this release is the Home page which you can get to by typing home in the address bar. The interface allows the user to customize their experience with bookmarks, downloads, history, sync, and even the option to restore your previous session. Users will be provided with an OOBE to setup this page when they first launch Firefox 13.

Among other small tweaks is a new Tabs page that appears to take inspiration from Chrome and Opera by providing thubmnails of the sites you have previously viewed and there is also a 'Tabs on demand' which aims to speed up your browsing experience.

As always, Firefox 13 is available free of charge.

Source: Pcauthority.com.au

Download: Firefox 13 

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Who cares, unless and until FireFox will run natively on Windows-7 64-bit. The routine crashing on 64-bit systems has long since lost its novelty.

Is there a way to improve the resolution of the generated thumbnail pictures in the new page speed dial they added in this version? It seems a bit blocky and not correctly downscaled.

Seems there has been some work done to the smooth scroll feature, seems to be a lot more smooth, but seems this has come at the cost of some sort of tearing when scrolling. Anyone else noticed?

And the new tabs page, with some sort of speed dial, how do you get pictures of the websites to show? Here it's only a blank window with a link...

Nitrius said,
Seems there has been some work done to the smooth scroll feature, seems to be a lot more smooth, but seems this has come at the cost of some sort of tearing when scrolling. Anyone else noticed?

Noticed this too, lots of tearing so I disabled Yet Another Smooth Scrolling addon and using Firefox's own smooth scrolling instead, seems a bit better. Still prefer to use the addon though.

What I really like about this browser is that I can watch something in fullscreen on one monitor and use the start menu/sreen on the other one without exiting the fullscreen.

+1 to the firefox team for that.

Hum said,
Is there a 64-bit yet ?

You will have to use Waterfox for awhile. Firefox is not going to be seeking 64-bit until there is more plugins available for 64-bit. There is pretty much no difference between 32-bit and 64-bit.

Love how a redesigned homepage is a major feature highlight in a new release. Oh, and congratulations on finally getting a 'speed dial' page too. How is this browser still relevant?

Spyder said,
or just click the home button

Works only if you didn't change your home page. Otherwise the about:home works every time.

patseguin said,
when I put home in the address bar it just dos a web search for the word home.

The article fails to mention you need to use the 'about:' prefix. The same as accessing the configuration 'about:config'.

It's been over a year since I chose Chrome over Firefox...miss some of the extensions and toolbars...but the speed was just killing me, maybe I'll have to give it another shot this fall.

Hahaiah said,
It's been over a year since I chose Chrome over Firefox...miss some of the extensions and toolbars...but the speed was just killing me, maybe I'll have to give it another shot this fall.

Firefox is pretty zippy anymore. I moved to Chrome briefly (Still use it on occasion) but went back to Firefox as my main browser. Firefox crashes WAY less than Chrome.

M_Lyons10 said,

Firefox is pretty zippy anymore. I moved to Chrome briefly (Still use it on occasion) but went back to Firefox as my main browser. Firefox crashes WAY less than Chrome.

This has been true for me as well. I had been using Chrome for a few years, but since Firefox 10 or 11 I tried it and found it to be faster and has less rendering errors than Chrome. The font rendering seems nicer in Firefox too IMHO. The two web browsers are really neck-and-neck and I could pick up and use either one and be ok.

Hahaiah said,
It's been over a year since I chose Chrome over Firefox...miss some of the extensions and toolbars...but the speed was just killing me, maybe I'll have to give it another shot this fall.

Speed was just killing you?! WTF?! That's some of the dumbest logic I EVER heard. How can 2ms be killing you?

Between all the talk of version numbers and the difference in speeds between one browser over another, this whole discussion is about nauseating!

M_Lyons10 said,

Firefox is pretty zippy anymore. I moved to Chrome briefly (Still use it on occasion) but went back to Firefox as my main browser. Firefox crashes WAY less than Chrome.

You OBVIOUSLY have more issues than a browser if stuff is crashing even once! I can't begin to remember the last time ANY browser or ANYTHING crashed on one of my systems!

neufuse said,
Microsoft should just release IE10 as IE 100 just to say take that google and firefox

Microsoft should just release IE 10 as IE 1 as it'll be the first software they actually release that'll be worthy of being called a "browser".

Jeex said,

Microsoft should just release IE 10 as IE 1 as it'll be the first software they actually release that'll be worthy of being called a "browser".

Is this a joke? Am I supposed to laugh?

Jeex said,

Microsoft should just release IE 10 as IE 1 as it'll be the first software they actually release that'll be worthy of being called a "browser".


As said above, you should be a comedian.

gah these jokes are getting old. Calling IE a worthless browser, just so you know my dear friend. Mosaic was the first graphical browser in existance.... and guess what IE is? Oh yeah, Mosaic = IE.

No IE = no graphical internet
No IE = empty internet(as the general public wouldnt know how to get on the internet without the blue E)

to bad everyone is pushing people towards Chrome (funny really, big brother anyone? i for one prefer my privacy ah well) altho in a way it is good, keep MS on their toes and release some great IE versions. IE8 was ahead of its time when it was released, altho quickly overtaken by Chrome/FF etc. (not in terms of security tho) then IE9 got released. And yet, Chrome, FF, Safari and even Opera are still behind IE9 in terms of combined speed, security and useability. And while the rest is lacking behind, MS is almost ready to launch IE10, which so far is a great browser, exactly the same in looks as IE9 (thank god, loved the minimalistic design) but faster and more standards compliance

neufuse said,
Microsoft should just release IE10 as IE 100 just to say take that google and firefox

You're as short-minded as the others who voted you up.

I guess the firefox metro app was meant to be released with firefox 14.. it ain't that far then.. even know I tested it but can't judge till we have an official release..

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
I guess the firefox metro app was meant to be released with firefox 14.. it ain't that far then.. even know I tested it but can't judge till we have an official release..

There is a version of Firefox called Nightly, which I use, that is built every day. It is currently on version 15 and is not Metro.

James Rose said,

There is a version of Firefox called Nightly, which I use, that is built every day. It is currently on version 15 and is not Metro.

The metro version is also built with a nightly build.. this build is not available for public now but i got it from the ftp servers

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
I guess the firefox metro app was meant to be released with firefox 14.. it ain't that far then.. even know I tested it but can't judge till we have an official release..

would you be so kind to give me some hints on how to get the files and how to install it? i would love to preview it... thanks!

"The biggest change for this release is the Home page which you can get to by typing home in the address bar."

What is up with this trend of calling it a version release when changes like this barely would have deserved a .point release in the past.

ethereal said,
"The biggest change for this release is the Home page which you can get to by typing home in the address bar."

What is up with this trend of calling it a version release when changes like this barely would have deserved a .point release in the past.

probably to add some hype to it, maybe? but I have to agree with you on that

bdsams said,
we don't make the rules! Google and Firefox are in an e-penis race to have higher version numbers.

I believe IE is doing that too beginning with their next version, except they will increase by ten for each release. IE 10, IE 20, IE 30, etc. They'll win.

bdsams said,
we don't make the rules! Google and Firefox are in an e-penis race to have higher version numbers.

Except Google doesn't make a fuss about version numbering. Their blog is all about features, not version numbers, and if you don't care about version numbers you never have to see one.

The point is getting a product released quicker to the public rather than you waiting 9 months or better for the whole thing. This way, you get newer features faster. With the old model, we'd probably be waiting 'til 2013 just to see this feature implemented...

Don't get so hung up on a silly number.

dead.cell said,
The point is getting a product released quicker to the public rather than you waiting 9 months or better for the whole thing. This way, you get newer features faster. With the old model, we'd probably be waiting 'til 2013 just to see this feature implemented...


Don't get so hung up on a silly number.

There was no reason that they needed to implement this silly versioning method to push out features faster, all they had to do was commit to a 6 week release cycle and keep the old versioning system

Sraf said,

There was no reason that they needed to implement this silly versioning method to push out features faster, all they had to do was commit to a 6 week release cycle and keep the old versioning system

The old versioning method was incompatible with the new faster release cycle, you don't just keep something just because a small amount of users will be annoyed over something irrelevant as a version number

z0phi3l said,

The old versioning method was incompatible with the new faster release cycle, you don't just keep something just because a small amount of users will be annoyed over something irrelevant as a version number

The old system was fine, a minor version number bump would have been compatible, and would have been less likely to break addons, as they could have been easily coded to only pay attention to the major version number

ethereal said,
"The biggest change for this release is the Home page which you can get to by typing home in the address bar."

What is up with this trend of calling it a version release when changes like this barely would have deserved a .point release in the past.

Thank Chrome for this ridiculous practice. I hate it myself too, but non tech people that think a higher version number means it must be better are forcing competitors to do the same. It's absolutely asinine...

M_Lyons10 said,
Thank Chrome for this ridiculous practice. I hate it myself too, but non tech people that think a higher version number means it must be better are forcing competitors to do the same. It's absolutely asinine...

What a stupid thing to say. You know which of my family members knows what version of Chrome they're using? NONE of them do. Not even Firefox do they know what version they're running... Hell, I don't even bother to even see what I'm running until I see news of something for the dev builds.

I swear you guys get annoyed by the most asinine things... Numbers are not prohibiting you from browsing the web. Get over it already...

what said,

Except Google doesn't make a fuss about version numbering. Their blog is all about features, not version numbers, and if you don't care about version numbers you never have to see one.

Yeah but to be fair to Mozilla, I think that the only people who are making a song and dance about version numbers are the users (such as myself).

Mozilla have actually flagged their intention to do away with version numbers all together.

seems like Firefox has been following chrome in everything..
Also wouldnt they force everyone on older version to 13 soon? that's a good move.

still1 said,
seems like Firefox has been following chrome in everything..
Also wouldnt they force everyone on older version to 13 soon? that's a good move.

Yes and no. Mozilla is copying Google with regards to the latter's crazy numbering releases, but Firefox has a new Downloads panel that's better than Chrome's. (I think Mozilla copied the Downloads pane from Safari?)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pjn0...nightly-download-button.png

The Downloads shell is Chrome is OK, but the way IE9, Safari and Mozilla handle downloads is a little better. I say this as a Chrome user.

A340600 said,

Yes and no. Mozilla is copying Google with regards to the latter's crazy numbering releases, but Firefox has a new Downloads panel that's better than Chrome's. (I think Mozilla copied the Downloads pane from Safari?)

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pjn0...nightly-download-button.png

The Downloads shell is Chrome is OK, but the way IE9, Safari and Mozilla handle downloads is a little better. I say this as a Chrome user.


not only versioning... new tab now look more like chrome.. omnibox, omnibox below tab layout etc....

still1 said,
seems like Firefox has been following chrome in everything..
Also wouldnt they force everyone on older version to 13 soon? that's a good move.

I don't care if different browser vendors copy each other as long as at the end of the day I get the best browsing experience out there. Chrome has some nice features and there's method to their design choices, I'm all for Mozilla copying them.
Still, that's not to say that I'm happy about ALL the changes they've made....

still1 said,
seems like Firefox has been following chrome in everything..
Also wouldnt they force everyone on older version to 13 soon? that's a good move.

It's really funny when 14 year old Chrome fanboys think Google invented everything, when the new tab page (speed dial) was invented by Opera.

Chrome usually just copies features from others, they even copy Firefox features before they get release, so when Firefox finally comes to market the noobs think they are copying Chrome.

gonchuki said,

It's really funny when 14 year old Chrome fanboys think Google invented everything, when the new tab page (speed dial) was invented by Opera.

Chrome usually just copies features from others, they even copy Firefox features before they get release, so when Firefox finally comes to market the noobs think they are copying Chrome.

Opera only introduced speed dial after version 9.20 but Chrome already has this feature since version 1 (yup, the very first version).

Need I say more?

lomas said,

Opera only introduced speed dial after version 9.20 but Chrome already has this feature since version 1 (yup, the very first version).

Need I say more?


troll much? Opera 9.20 is from April 2007, Chrome 1 got released as beta on Sept 2008.