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Mozilla Firefox

CNET Editors' review

The bottom line: Firefox 10 is a worthy expression of Mozilla's ideals. The browser is competitively fast, sports a new minimalist look, and includes some excellently executed features. Unfortunately, that describes most of Firefox's competition, too.

Please note that the First Look video below is still applicable to Firefox 10, as is this Firefox How To collection, even though it features Firefox 4.

Firefox reborn in version 4

Review:
For those of you who spent 2011 away from the Internet, it's the year that Firefox went from annual major-point updates to a Chrome-style quick-release cycle. How quick? A new major version number along with a spate of performance and feature improvements lands in the Firefox stable version every six weeks. So, Firefox is on version 10 at the time of this review. As a point of comparison, Chrome is currently on version 16 even though it only launched in 2008.

To put it bluntly: Firefox has benefited from the rapid-release cycle. Both fixes and features get out to users faster than before, which puts a safer, sleeker browser in your hands with fewer delays. A vocal, minuscule minority has pooh-poohed the increase in version numbers, but that's hardly a legitimate complaint in a world where mobile apps update silently and effectively.

These major changes first landed in Firefox 4, released in March 2011, so we're going to be referencing it a fair bit. The browser that you can download now is in the same speed category as its competition; offers many similar features (stronger in some areas and slightly weaker in others); includes broad, cross-platform support for hardware acceleration and other "future-Web" tech and standards; and is a must-have for Android users (download for Android).

Where Firefox 9 focused more on performance, with Mozilla claiming 30 percent faster page-rendering times on sites with heavy JavaScript, Firefox 10 brings feature work to the fore. This means new and improved developer tools, and a big change to add-ons. The vast majority of your plucky little extensions will no longer freak out when Firefox updates. That made sense as a safety protocol when the browser updated once a year, but now that it updates eight times that often, it became a usability hazard. See the Features and Performance sections below for more details.

It's important to point out that there are four versions of Firefox available at the moment, and this review only addresses the stable branch, intended for general use. Firefox's other channels--Firefox beta (download for Windows | Mac | Linux); Firefox Aurora, analogous to Google Chrome's dev channel (download Aurora for Windows | Mac | Linux); and the bleeding-edge, updated-nightly Firefox Minefield (download for all versions)--are respectively progressively less stable versions of the browser, and aimed at developers.

Installation
Installing Firefox 10 was a fine, quick experience. Keep in mind that Firefox now has four "channels," so if you've been on the beta channel since the days of version 3.6, you will stay on it until you download the installer for a different channel. There's no in-channel way to switch channels. If you're updating from version 3.6 to version 10, the process is likely to take several minutes because of the significant code changes.

Firefox uses automatic updates, although Windows users will still see the User Account Control box appear.

Careful Firefox observers will notice that the browser no longer ships with a separate icon for Safe Mode. Simply hold down Shift; when you click on the Firefox icon to open a box, you will be allowed to customize which settings carry over to Safe Mode.

Firefox automatically installs a Windows 7 Taskbar icon if you choose it as your default browser. Uninstalling the browser does not leave behind any icons or folders if you choose to remove your settings at the same time.

A new feature checks your add-ons to see which ones you installed and which ones come from third-party vendors, such as security suite makers. The browser will now ask you if you'd like to disable any of these third-party add-ons when you upgrade to at least version 8. On top of that, all future third-party add-ons will be blocked from autoinstalling. Instead, you'll be presented with the option to allow them or block them on a per-case basis. This puts Firefox squarely on the side of the user.

Interface
If you're a big Firefox fan, you'd better hope that you weren't very attached to 2010's version 3.6 look. Falling in love with the new design won't hurt you, either. The main interface is now completely different from what's come before, retaining only the larger back button that debuted in version 3. Not surprisingly, the new design also brings the browser significantly closer to the minimalist style first adopted by Google Chrome in 2008, although it actually looks most similar to Opera 11.

The menu bar has been squished into an orange button on the upper left, with menu options spread across two columns. Nearly all the submenus have been redesigned as well, although the hot keys remain the same, so the learning curve isn't particularly long. In fact, the menu redesign makes it much easier to get to bookmarks, add-ons, and history, as they now all live on one Menu pane. The Menu button is not available to Mac users, to keep with the Mac OS X theme.

In addition to the major changes to the menu, smaller changes have greatly improved usability. For example, there's now a Get Bookmark Add-ons link in the Bookmarks submenu. The History submenu now has Recently Closed Tabs and Recently Closed Windows sections.

Tabs are now on top by default, and while the forward and back navigation buttons haven't moved, the stop and refresh buttons are now attached to the right side of the location bar, next to the bookmark star. When you're typing a URL, the Go button appears at the end of the location bar as an arrow. While resolving a URL, the box changes from the Go arrow to an X for the new Stop button. It might be hard for some to see since the traditional stop-and-go colors of red and green have been removed. You can customize the Firefox skin with the restartless Personas add-ons.

Right of the location bar lives the traditional search box, with its drop-down list of search engines. Above that on the tab bar there is a new button that lists all your open tabs, and you can add a button to access the Panorama tab-grouping feature. If you don't see the button, you can add it by right-clicking on the interface and choosing Customize, then dragging and dropping the Tab Groups icon next to the List All Tabs button. We don't consider many customizations to be essential, but this one is.

The Status bar that lives at the bottom of the interface is now hidden by default, again in keeping with the minimalist philosophy and the competition. There's a new Add-on bar as well, also hidden by default, to which extension icons can be added if you want to keep add-on icons easily available but out of the way of the main interface.

One of Firefox's singular strengths is its capacity for customization, which remains unparalleled and which is accessible even to novice users. While competing browsers do offer add-ons and extensions, Firefox remains far ahead of all of them in interface customization. And so, if you don't like the new interface, it's quite easy to revert it to an older style--or just about any other look--using add-ons and themes.

Features and support
Firefox's features are robust and generally competitive. There is some minor functionality missing in a few cases where the browser remains behind the competition, but Firefox is generally one of the most progressive major browsers available, an early adopter if not always an innovator.

The most important feature in the modern Firefox is Sync. As with many recent Firefox features, it started off as a rough add-on, and often deleted data. If you were scared off by its early bad behavior, you'll be glad to know that Mozilla has worked out its birthing pains. Sync now smoothly syncs your bookmarks, passwords, preferences, history, and tabs, not only with other computers, but also with your Android version of Firefox.

To use it, click on the Menu button and choose Set Up Sync from the left column. That will take you to a window where you can connect an existing Firefox Sync account or create a new one. Within Firefox Sync, there are two important security points. One is that Firefox encrypts your data before sending it over an encrypted connection to its servers, where it remains encrypted. Mozilla says that the company would not be able to access it even if somebody there wanted to. The second is that you have the option of setting up your own personal sync server. In an age when private data stored by corporations gets hacked and stolen with shocking regularity, setting up a personal sync server is one way to ensure that you bear the responsibility for your own data.

Another big new feature in 2011 has been support for restartless add-ons. These add-ons are written differently from standard Firefox add-ons, and are expected to become the format for add-ons in the future. As such, relatively speaking, not many restartless add-ons exist--about 776 at the time of this review, compared with the thousands of "standard" add-ons. However, this is an improvement of more than 600 add-ons since Firefox 4 debuted in March 2011.

Add-ons continue to pose a big problem for Mozilla, as older add-ons become a bottleneck for Firefox that other browsers, with their newer add-on frameworks, don't have to manage. The Add-on SDK is designed to confront this problem directly. However, more than 80 percent of add-ons available will cease to have compatibility problems with Firefox when the problem was nothing more than the "maximum version number compatibility," the aforementioned security feature.

Firefox's add-on manager has been completely overhauled. There's a lot of useful new technology here, as compared with the version 3.6 manager. Not only can you search for add-ons from within the add-on window using the search box in the upper-right corner, you can add them without having to jump to the external Mozilla Add-on Web site, also known as AMO. The manager calls out the AMO add-on collections, which you can create more explicitly in the Get Add-ons tab. The add-on manager also allows you to browse Personas. It's slightly annoying that clicking on an add-on group or collection opens the page in a new browser window, whereas clicking on a specific add-on opens that add-on's download page within the add-on manager. That's a very minor criticism, though.

Other changes to the add-on manager include forward and back buttons specific to the manager, in the upper-left corner, and left-side navigation tabs specifically focusing on Extensions, Appearance, and Plug-ins. Meanwhile, two little improvements to the manager will impress keyboard junkies. There's a new hot key for pulling up the add-on manager, Control-Shift-A, and you can type "about:addons" directly into the location bar to access the add-ons manager in a tab. And of course, there's the third-party add-on guard as mentioned above.

More changes include Twitter as an option for Firefox's built-in search box, setting the browser to initially reload only the active tab after a crash, and an update to dragging tabs that makes it easier to identify them with simple animations.

The tab-grouping feature called Panorama presents your tabs as an array of thumbnail images. The thumbnails reside in rectangular boxes that constitute a group. Tabs can be dragged from one group to another, and groups can be named and moved as well. You can add a tab to an existing group or create a new group by right-clicking on the tab and choosing Move to Group. The hot-key combo Control-Shift-E will also jump between the main interface and the Tab Group window.

The overall idea is to make it easier to switch from one tab to another, to group or regroup related tabs, and to get a global view of what's going on with your tabs. It's potentially a big improvement in browser usage, compared with aiming a mouse at an ever-skinnier tab, cycling through a list with Alt-Tab keystrokes, or pecking at a drop-down menu to reach the tabs that overflowed off into the deep. Firefox 6 changed how Panorama interacted with the browser's memory management, so that tabs now load at launch only for the active group.

The Bookmarks and History menus have been redesigned, and now the hot keys open them by default as sidebars. Go through the Menu button to get the full menus. We were actually quite impressed with the layout of the menu button options for Bookmarks and History, finding it much more useful, with quick access to recently closed tabs and new bookmark tags. This is probably the most useful in-browser bookmark manager around, especially if you enable Sync and use it with your Android phone or tablet.

Another relatively new feature is App Tabs, which reduces the width of a tab to its favicon and pins the tab permanently on the left. The tab will glow when updated, a useful indicator for things like Web mail. And when you start typing into the location bar, one of the search choices will be related open tabs so that you can quickly switch to an existing tab.

Under the hood, Firefox is an much different critter. The biggest change is full hardware acceleration across all platforms, which means that Firefox draws on your graphics card to speed up complex rendering. You'll see dramatic HTML5 support, including for high-definition WebM video, and broad support for the HTML5 canvas, video, audio, geolocation, drag and drop, and form tags. OpenType fonts are supported, as are CSS3 and newer JavaScript values. WebGL and hardware acceleration give the browser a massive boost, which we'll discuss in the Performance section below.

The short version of all this is that Firefox is on the cutting edge of the next generation of Web standards, and that benefits you immensely by offering faster rendering times of Web sites that can do more.

A new Web Developer menu collates tools for building and debugging Web sites in one location. One such is the ScratchPad tool, which browsers like Opera and Chrome have had for some time. It allows developers to test JavaScript and CSS before implementing it. The Web console feature also has a new autocomplete option and can have its location customized.

There's a decent list of other, smaller changes to Firefox that are worth pointing out because they'll enhance your work flow in one way or another. One of these is Switch to Tab. Open a new tab and start typing the name of an already-open tab, and the URL will appear in the drop-down with "Switch to Tab" beneath it. Select that one, and the new tab closes and you're whisked to the pre-existing tab. It's a great trick for cutting down on the amount of time it takes to sift through 45 open tabs, and removes the chance of accidentally having the same tab open twice or more.

The location bar--or as Mozilla calls it, the Awesome Bar--retains familiar features, such as the options to search your history and bookmarks and to tap your default search engine to provide you with quick results. However, the "feeling lucky" instant jump to what the browser thinks is the Web site you're most likely to be looking for has been disabled because of internal Mozilla concerns about inadvertently sending personal information to the search provider.

The Do Not Track feature indicates via a header notification that you want to opt out of targeted advertisements. However, it requires that the Web site you're viewing, and therefore that site's developers, respect the header itself. While this is great for future-proofing the Web, as implemented at the time of writing, not many Web sites have taken notice of it. That doesn't mean it won't eventually have a big impact, but that time is not now, and it's better to install an add-on like Adblock Plus to get more complete ad-tracking protection.

There are two smaller yet important changes to the way that Firefox protects you. One is the Content Security Policy, which is designed to block one of the most common types of browser threats, cross-site scripting attacks, by allowing sites to tell the browser which content is legitimate. Though CSP also places the burden on the sites' developers, it's backward-compatible and aimed mostly at well-known sites hosting immense volumes of data and content.

Another security improvement is the implementation of HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). This prevents your log-in information from being intercepted by telling Firefox to automatically create a secure connection to a site's servers.

The "identity block," the colored left-most section of the URL, has been given a refresh to better call out the Web site you're on, and the URL bar itself now changes the text color of the URL you're on so that the domain is black, for easy identification, while the rest of the URL is gray. This is a small security change, and one that's been previously available to people who are comfortable changing their about:config, but it's definitely a strong visual cue that helps you avoid getting spoofed.

The new feature set alone makes it worth upgrading to the latest version of Firefox. While some older Firefox users may feel that these features add unnecessary bloat to a browser that offers add-ons specifically so that you can customize your browsing experience, Firefox 4 was actually dramatically faster than Firefox 3.6, and there have been significant speed gains ever since. We address the browser's behavior in the section below.

Performance
As mentioned earlier, Firefox 10's performance has been greatly improved by the addition of graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware acceleration. It allows the browser to shove certain rendering tasks onto the computer's graphics card, freeing up CPU resources while making page rendering and animations load faster. These tasks include composition support, rendering support, and desktop compositing.

You ought to see the memory improvements in Firefox 10 when the browser is kept open for long periods of time, when multiple tabs are open at once, and when the browser is used concurrently with other programs that also use a lot of memory. The company also noted that its MemShrink initiative was successful in part because of the rapid release cycle that a vocal minority of Firefox users have been criticizing.

Installing Firefox 10 prompts you to opt in to a new anonymous reporting measure called Telemetry. Not unlike security suites, which use your data anonymously to improve threat detection rates, Mozilla plans to crowdsource its performance data to learn more about how the browser performs in real-world situations. Unlike the security suites, Telemetry is opt-in, so Mozilla won't be collecting data without permission. Not surprisingly given Mozilla's reputation for openness, Telemetry is far more open about what it collects and why than similar features from competitors like Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Currently, it looks at four categories: memory usage, CPU core count, cycle collection times, and startup speed. Curious readers can install the About:telemetry add-on to see the personal statistics that Firefox is gathering.

If you've enabled Telemetry and would like to disable it, you can go to Options, Advanced, and uncheck the Submit Performance Data box at the bottom of the General tab.

JavaScript plays a major role in the Web, and changes to the JaegerMonkey engine combined with the GPU acceleration give the browser some serious juice. Ongoing improvements in browser technology make regular browser testing a challenge, but March 2011's browser benchmark battle placed Firefox 4 ahead of Chrome 11 and Internet Explorer 9. It wouldn't be surprising to find that Chrome and Firefox currently test much closer to each other because of their regular updates.

One interesting publicly available benchmark is JSGameBench from Facebook, which looks to test HTML5 in real-world gaming situations. JSGameBench hasn't posted new results since April 2011, but the ones it did post gave strong marks to the Firefox 4 beta both with and without WebGL. The stable version of Firefox 4 also did well in JSGameBench tests once it was released.

Note that to effectively use hardware acceleration, you must make sure that your graphics card drivers are up-to-date.

Browser benchmarks are a notoriously fidgety lot, and often come up against legitimate complaints that they look at too narrow a set of features--such as checking only JavaScript rendering times. In hands-on use, at least, Firefox 10 can more than hold its own. It's not clear that it's enough to counter the past three years of Chrome decisively winning the fastest-browser PR campaign, but that may no longer be the point. All five major browsers are now similarly fast at JavaScript tests, and you may want to start looking at other criteria to determine which browser is best for you.

In our experience, one of the most positive performance differences between Firefox 3.6 and the current version is that Firefox 10 crashes far, far less. That's due in no small part to improvements made to the plug-in crash protection, which prevents plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime, and Microsoft Silverlight from dropping the browser dead. If one of them crashes, simply reload the page.

Conclusion
Definitely a worthy heir to the Firefox name, Firefox 10's one major drawback is that, like its competitors, it still uses massive amounts of RAM. Don't expect that to change as the browser is relied upon to perform more and more tasks that once occurred in other programs. However, it will be less of a problem as hardware improves and Mozilla continues to push initiatives like Telemetry and protection from third-party add-ons.

Firefox 10 faces a challenging and ever-advancing field of competition. Some people have probably abandoned Firefox because of the significant speed differences between version 3.6 and Google Chrome. Others might be turned off by Mozilla's open-armed embrace of the rapid-release cycle, and the diminishing importance of version numbers. Frankly, we find that a bit silly, as it's better to get newer features and fixes as soon as they're ready, instead of waiting for a once-yearly update. Competition has forced Mozilla and others to put out better browsers in order to thrive, and we think that Firefox 10 will keep the browser competitive.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The King of Customization"

    March 13, 2012  |   By efreak1

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    Very Speedy
    Simple Interface that can be tweaked to your liking
    Excellent addons (I have 85 of them)
    Advanced Settings (about:config)
    Very Secure
    Adblock Plus= the one reason why anyone should use Firefox
    +many more that I can't think of now

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of one con
    Firefox is all you could want from a browser.
    It has never crashed once on me with many extensions installed.

    Summary

    Speed, customizability, looks, stability, Firefox has it all. What really stands out though is the sheer amount of options it has. Firefox defines customization. If you don't like something about Firefox, chances are that you can either change it via the built in about:config, or the wealth of addons that are available. Firefox 4+ has a great new UI that really makes browsing the web a pleasure. Speed also has been given a boost in Firefox 4-11 and increases with each new version. Although not as fast as Opera, Chrome, or even IE9, (by a few milleseconds:) it more than makes up for that by its stability. Firefox versions 2-11 have never crashed for me. (I've been using firefox for 3 years) I could go into even more detail about the incredible addons that I use (85 in all), or the small but subtle features that make browsing easier, but that would take up a whole page. Suffice it to say, I truly am in love with Firefox. ('Til the internet breaks, make mine Firefox!:)

    Updated on Mar 14, 2012

    @ycur
    I know it's hard to believe, but I can't remember a time when Firefox last crashed. There have been times when it has used a ton of memory (Firefox 5-6 were really bad in terms of memory usage) but I can't remember a time when it crashed. Here's a plain-text list of my extensions(not counting many userscripts) (Made with an addon): http://pastebin.com/4aD8bbyp
    And if you want to take a look at my addon collection on AMO: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/collections/efreak1/favorites/

    Here's a screenshot of my current UI setup: http://i52.tinypic.com/mac85f.png (I do like Chrome's interface:)

    Start-up time: 6 seconds- I have 4GB of ram on my laptop.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "I'm now using Firefox for 7 years"

    March 10, 2012  |   By AVM1986

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    + User-friendly with perfect layout
    + A lot of Add-ons
    + I never experience crashes with Mozilla

    Cons

    - Some updates bring the performance down instead of forward.

    Summary

    I have used Firefox for 7 years and it's still the greatest Browser i've even experienced.
    There were some irritations with certain updates through the years.
    But there were also moments that i thought Mozilla had issues, but it appeared to be my own pc.
    So blaming Mozilla for that is not rightly.
    But if you use Mozilla in combination with Addblock Plus and Web of Trust, the results are going to be excellent.
    I must say that i'm also using Auslogics BoostSpeed with my older pc.
    So that can also be the reason why firefox is extremely fast on this 5 year old machine.
    Also bought a new Laptop and pc, and they just run fluid with Mozilla Firefox, even without BoostSpeed.

    Have used a lot of Internet Browsers like Opera, Avant Browser, SlimBrowser, Maxthon etc. but they were all extremely slow. Even with BoostSpeed.

    I still prefer Mozilla Firefox.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best browser for me."

    March 7, 2012  |   By EvilHippie

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    Efficient. Customizable. Safe. Useful on many OSes. Still simple.

    Cons

    none really

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  • 2.0 stars

    "I want Firefox 9 back."

    March 6, 2012  |   By mprice8546

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    not worth the effort

    Cons

    "Not Responding", Too much CPU usage.

    Summary

    I have used Firefox for the last several yeare switching from EI after I got use to the difference, I found out that Firefox is the ONE. But Firefox 10 rates at the bottom of the pack now. I cannot use 10 without waiting for several minutes because Firefox is "not responding. I am getting tired of waiting for Firefox to respond. And if is not "not responding" I get a message that Firefox is using all the CPU memory. I cannot find anywhere to find a fix. I need help and cannor find a place to go.

    Updated on Mar 10, 2012

    I had problems with Firefox because of (not responding) message. It would take me several minutes for the program to respond then when I click or entered anything I would get "not responding". I got tired of the "not responding" and uninstalled Firefox from my computer. Maybe I might try again in a few months and see what happens. I also looked to find a solution for this problem, but found nothing about "not responding".

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  • 2.0 stars

    "SOME OF THE ADS NOT WORKING[AGAIN]"

    March 5, 2012  |   By leonidasorf

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    GENERAL I LIKE IT.
    THE CRASHES ARE OFTEN BUT??????????????

    Cons

    ADD ON NOT WORKING,FREEZING...

    Summary

    EVERY NEW VERSION ARE MY NIGHTMARE!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Improving with version updates"

    March 4, 2012  |   By mukeshvasan

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    i am a regular user of firefox and very happy using it

    Cons

    crashes sometimes

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  • 1.0 stars

    "So bad it's got to be a conspiracy!"

    March 4, 2012  |   By JeffwithaG

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    Really? none.

    Cons

    -Websites don't render correctly
    -page buttons don't work

    Summary

    I'm shocked! I used to be almost religious about Firefox. I swore to everyone that this was the only browser that had it right. I converted everyone I knew.

    I finally loaded version 10, and was shocked when I hit simple "print page" buttons, they were completely unresponsive(I'm aware of pop-up blockers and exceptions, and made adjustments to no avail). Pages stopped loading half-way though and didn't render properly. Pages come out looking like long distorted columns of text. Other pages just sit and never seemed to finish loading.

    I used to be a web developer, and I haven't seen these kinds of problems with a browser since Netscape.

    How could they go from the best, to unusable? Makes me think there's a conspiracy going on. Microsoft and Google would sure benefit if Firefox was crap, and now Firefox 10 is!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth the hassle anymore so I'm done with Firefox"

    March 3, 2012  |   By musicman4you

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    I don't see any

    Cons

    That older versions like 3.6 worked great but this has bugs,crashes and many other problems.Also I don't like a browser screwing with my system on a regular basis.Newer is not always better.

    Summary

    It is sad Firefox is not what it use to be.I use to love older versions of Firefox like 3.6 and used it as my main browser.Im finished with Firefox and not waiting for another 50 updates before they get it right if they ever do.I don't use Google Chrome ether because of Privacy issues.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Firefoxing is going Waterfoxing as the blaze is fading"

    March 3, 2012  |   By Araha

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    Older versions were better.

    Cons

    Stopped opening some webpages, too many "Strongly Recommendeds.." for updates, and headaches!

    Summary

    I was one living in the Firefox world. What a pity! I had to uninstall FF10 today and about to install a previous 3.6. Once proud of the Firing Fox I now find it disappearing in a hole, with only the tail left. I wish it came back with more flare. Waiting!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Good."

    March 2, 2012  |   By hl2dapper

    Version: Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2

    Pros

    Efficiency.

    Cons

    None, ....

    Summary

    Very Good.

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