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Mozilla to ship Firefox 6 next week

Mozilla is currently on schedule to release Firefox 6 next week. Firefox developers have signed off on Firefox 6 and anticipate no problems that could delay the August 16th release date.

“On track with a few bugs still remaining. No concerns for Tuesday,” the developer notes stated.

Mozilla is working on an accelerated release date for its Firefox browser which basically means we will see a new version of Firefox every six weeks. To put things in perspective, Mozilla released Firefox 4 on March 21st and Firefox 5 on June 18th. Mozilla plans to release Firefox 7 on September 27th.

So whats new in Firefox 6? Several noticeable changes are included including the highlighting of domain names in the browser’s address bar and reduced start-up time when users rely on Panorama, which is the browser’s multi-tab organizer. Firefox 6 is expected to bring better control over permissions, faster start-up times, faster performance in Linux, better plugin management, and HTML5 support.

Those on Firefox 4 or Firefox 5 will be offered the new update via the browser’s update system, which you can trigger by going to the About Firefox dialog. Thusfar, only 48% of Firefox users run Firefox 5, while 11% run Firefox 4.

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