updated 04:10 pm EDT, Mon June 4, 2012
Firefox 13 available for download with more Chrome-like features
Mozilla has now released the full version of its Firefox 13 web browser, the first beta version of which came out at the end of April. Those who didn't get the beta will be able to download the latest software on Tuesday. The most prominent changes include a new home and tab screens, along with the newfound compatibility of the Google-backed SPDY protocol.
This should enable the browser to speed up load times of sites that support SPDY. The latest Firefox will also prioritize reloading tabs upon restarting the browser, doing so only when users click on them rather than all at once. It will need to be manually switched on, however.
The new home screen retains the Google search bar front and center, but users will now get quicker access to add-ons, settings, downloads, and more. New tabs result in a thumbnail view, mimicking what Chrome does. Favorite sites can be pinned here as well.
The release notes for Firefox 13 are available online, and the Windows and Mac versions are available online.