Mozilla has released the latest version of its Firefox beta, adding new synchronisation and customisation features as well as a radically redesigned user interface to the web browser.
Mozilla unveiled the new Firefox 29 beta version for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android in a blog post. The new synchronisation feature is similar to that seen on Google and requires users to set up a Firefox Account.
The account stores and synchronises information from various Firefox services such as bookmarks and history, as well as any open tabs across any devices the user is logged into.
Mozilla said information stored in the account is end-to-end encrypted. This means even if hackers or government agencies managed to break into Mozilla's servers, they still shouldn't be able to read or use the customer data.
The new Firefox beta also features a radically reworked user interface (UI) designed to improve the user's browser experience.
"We redesigned the overall look and feel of Firefox to help you access your web content quickly. We've changed the tab structure and functionality in Firefox to enable you to focus on your web content," the blog said.
"Tabs have a more fluid and streamlined shape, sit higher up in the browser and tabs that are not in use have been visually de-emphasised. We've also moved the bookmark manager next to the bookmark star in your Firefox toolbar to make it easy to save your favorite sites for one-click access."
The customisation feature lets users customise the new interface by manually dragging and dropping commonly used features into the Firefox browser's main UI.
"We've made it even easier to make Firefox your own with a new customisation mode. To enter customisation mode click the new "Menu" button and then click ‘Customize'," read the blog.
"From there, you can manually drag and drop your favorite feature, add-on or tool anywhere in the browser based on your preferences. This makes it faster and easier to access the features you use the most."
The release comes just after Mozilla cut development of the Metro version of Firefox for Microsoft's Windows 8 platform earlier in March, due to low uptake from users.
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