Mozilla has launched Firefox 29, the latest version of its popular browser, and promised its users a range of improvements.
Madhava Enros, manager for the Firefox User Experience, said that users would welcome the update, with its new customisation options. "The new Firefox is easy-to-use, beautiful and customisable," he explained.
"Every bit of the new interface has been finely tuned to be fast and simple. The forward button is only shown when it is relevant; the downloads button shows progress only when there is progress to show; the bookmarks button makes it clear where your bookmarks can be found."
A beta of the software was released in March, and then Mozilla talked up its security capabilities and end-to-end encryption, and ease of use. The software asks that users set up a Firefox account, explaining that anything stored in it is stored securely.
"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," it said in a blog at the time.
"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."
Customisation is still one of the main thrusts of the release and Mozilla's blog says that the redesign will help make it easier for users to find the content they are looking for. New to the menu is a Customise option that gives users more control over their display.
"The tabs are sleek and smooth to help you navigate the web faster. It's easy to see what tab you're currently visiting and the other tabs fade into the background to be less of a distraction when you're not using them," said the firm.
"The Firefox menu has moved to the right corner of the toolbar and puts all your browser controls in one place. The Customise tool that transforms Firefox into a powerful customisation mode where you can add or move any feature, service or add-on. This level of Firefox customisation puts you in control of your Web experience and is unmatched by any other browser."
Developers are also treated to updates and Firefox 29 now supports WebRTC for video calls and file-sharing. Also included are web audio and web-extension APIs and an apps manager.
The release comes during a period of transition for Mozilla. The firm appointed Brendan Eich as CEO but later removed him following pressure over his politics.
Mozilla has a temporary CEO in place now, and this month appointed a new chief technology officer. Earlier in April the firm announced a $10,000 bounty for any Heartbleed-like vulnerability discovery in future versions of its software, including Firefox 31 and above.
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