Firefox 6 (And 7!) Are Right Around The Corner -- Here's What's New

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Yes, you read that headline right.Even though Firefox 5 launched just a few weeks ago, Firefox 6, and even Firefox 7 are already chugging along nicely.

Since the launch of Firefox 4 this year, Mozilla has moved to a rapid release schedule. That means new versions of Firefox will come out every six weeks or so.

Right now early builds of Firefox 6 and 7 are already floating around. You can actually try them out here, but keep in mind they’re not entirely stable.

We took a look at the best new features in Firefox 6 and 7. Click below to check them out.

Firefox 6: Faster start-up times

One of the great features in Firefox 4 and 5 is the ability to group tabs using the 'Panorama' tool. But for those who have a lot of tab groups, launching Firefox can be a bit slow. Firefox 6 will let users decide if they want to load their groups on launch or within Panorama. The latter option should save you some time.

Firefox 6: Manage what websites can track about you

Firefox 6 will make it easier to manage permissions for individual websites. For example, you can decide which websites can save passwords, store cookies, and open popup windows. And all those options come in this user-friendly menu.

Firefox 6: Better compatibility with plug-ins

Firefox 6 will do a better job at determining whether or not a plug-in is safe and compatible. The Add-Ons Manager handles it all now.

Firefox 6: Better Linux support

There's a lot of technical mumbo jumbo behind this. But all you really need to know is that Firefox 6 will be a lot more faster and stable for Linux users.

Firefox 6: Friendly for developers

Mozilla has also added a bunch of tools for developers such as a 'scratchpad' for building snippets of code within the browser and HTML 5 support. Read more about the developer goodies here and here.

Firefox 7: Faster startup for Mac, Linux, and PC

Self-explanatory. You can't complain about this one.

Firefox 7: It won't slow down your computer

Mozilla says Firefox 7 could reduce memory usage by up to 30% for some users. That's great for those of us who like having a ton of apps running at once.

Firefox 7: Syncing gets better

Now passwords and bookmarks sync instantly between your computers and mobile devices.

Firefox 7: Clearer text on web pages

Firefox 3 was the first to render fonts on web pages so they'd always be clear, even when you zoom in. Firefox 7 will take that to the next level.

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