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Mozilla has just uploaded Firefox 13 to its servers which means that you can get your hands on the latest builds that includes new Home and Tab pages with the official release happening on June 5.

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.

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When you do a search from the new home page it seems to just use bing instead of google which i prefer.

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Mozilla should release the update through Firefox already. it's been what ? 3 days now ? .....

They won't do that before schedule, which is tomorrow. :)

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FF is still the best browser.

...and Demoneye: I really like your avatar....

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FF is still the best browser.

...and Demoneye: I really like your avatar....

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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'Speed Dial' finally comes to Firefox

With the Firefox 13 update, Firefox no longer lacks a "frequently visited sites" New Tab page. The update also brings a new default home page and support for Google's faster, safer SPDY browsing protocol.

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The new New Tab page in Firefox 13 finally brings a Speed Dial-style, frequently visited sites thumbnails to a blank tab.(Credit: Mozilla)

A number of improvements that Mozilla has built into today's new Firefox release find the browser playing catch-up, treading water, and forging ahead all at the same time.

If it sounds like a near-impossible juggling act to you, you're not alone.

Firefox 13 (download for Windows | Mac | Linux) comes with feature changes and tweaks under the hood. The new features include a redesigned New Tab page that shows you thumbnails of your frequently-visited sites, often dubbed Speed Dial in honor of Opera's take on the feature. Firefox is the last of the major browsers to get some variation of the feature.

Whereas the previous home page showed only a Google search bar and two small text links at the bottom of the screen, the new one includes large icons to give you easy access to downloads, bookmarks, history, add-ons, sync, and settings. You can access the home page at about:home.

Those changes are good but quite minor. One move that will help Firefox immediately move ahead: its support for Google's SPDY protocol is now on by default. SPDY affects browsing in two ways, assuming you're loading a Web page that support it. It's a more secure successor to HTTP because it forces SSL encryption for all sites, and it's a faster protocol, too.

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The new home page in Firefox 13.(Credit: Mozilla)

There's a number of reasons for that. Three of the major ones are that it can request multiple site elements over a single connection; it can assign priorities to those elements so more important ones show up first; and it can compress header data. So, if you're loading a site in Firefox that supports SPDY, it ought to finish loading much faster than otherwise. Two notable sites that support SPDY are Twitter.com and Google.com.

Currently, only Chrome and Firefox work with SPDY.

On the performance backend, Firefox 13 makes a few adjustments that ought to result in a more pleasant browsing experience for most people. If you have multiple tabs load when Firefox starts, the browser will now only load the the Web page content of the active tab. This means that for heavy tab-abusers like myself, we'll be able to get started in the browser much faster.

The new version of the browser also does a better job at memory management and has shrunk its start-up time.

Developers tools also see a large batch of small improvements in Firefox 13, such as making recently opened but now closed panels reopen simultaneously so that tools re-appear en masse; and saving CSS files loaded locally without a save prompt for a faster workflow.

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guys did u notice firefox 13 and later version has changed the mouse scroll speed? wtf

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Threads merged.

guys did u notice firefox 13 and later version has changed the mouse scroll speed? wtf

They've just enabled "Smooth scrolling" by default, nothing else. To disable it again, go to Options > Advanced > General > Uncheck "Use Smooth Scrolling". I do advice that you use smooth scrolling though, they've made it far more smoother now. B)

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Threads merged.

guys did u notice firefox 13 and later version has changed the mouse scroll speed? wtf

They've just enabled "Smooth scrolling" by default, nothing else. To disable it again, go to Options > Advanced > General > Uncheck "Use Smooth Scrolling". I do advice that you use smooth scrolling though, they've made it far more smoother now. B)

uhm i see... thanks!

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