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Firefox 6 due Tuesday, FF8 to prevent unwanted add-ons

updated 07:00 pm EDT, Fri August 12, 2011

Firefox 6 now highlights domain URL name

Mozilla's Firefox 6 web browser is set to be released on Tuesday. Notes posted on its website show that the release is 'on track with a few bugs still remaining. No concerns for Tuesday." One notable change, in addition to speed and stability improvements, is that the domain name is now highlighted in the address bar. This has been added to help users ensure that they have surfed to the official domain.

Version 6 of the popular cross-platform browser will also include additional support for HTML5, an enhanced add-ons manager, new features for Panorama and a Permission Manager window.

Mozilla has also revealed that version 8 of the Firefox browser will prevent unwanted add-ons. If Firefox starts and finds that another program has installed an add-on, Firefox will disable the add-on until the user has approves the addition. Users that want the functionality provided by a third-party-installed add-on can easily allow the installation, while users who don't can cancel or ignore the prompt.

Further, version 8 will present users with a one-time dialog to select the add-ons they want to keep installed. By default, all of the add-ons the user has installed from within Firefox will be kept, but add-ons installed by another application will be disabled unless the user opts to keep them. [via Slashdot]

Firefox 6 with domain name highlighted

Early screenshots from Firefox 8

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Still think that Chrome-like release cycle is ridiculous. Just to clock up version numbers, they throw a new Firefox at us every few weeks, without adding any *real* new features. FF 6 could just as well be FF 3.9.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Silly

    Thank you!! +1 your comment wasn't enough. this is just absurd. this is at best a .1 release.

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    whatever they call it

    I'm on the FireFox 8 nightly channel, checking out alternatives now that Camino probably can't/won't be updated anymore, and it is blazing fast and stable. FIrst Firefox I like almost as much as Camino.

  1. facebook_Alexandre

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    Joined: Aug 2011


    Other improvements

    Firefox 6 wasn't about the face-features. They improved "Under-the-hood" features that make sure your browser can perform.

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