One of our favorite browsers Mozilla Firefox is out with a new version. Final version of Firefox 13 is available for download now  for the public. Firefox 13 comes with revamped Home and Tab pages along with some great speed improvements like SPDY protocol is now enabled by default which leads to faster browsing on supported sites. SPDY (pronounced “SPeeDY”) is an application-layer protocol for transporting content over the web, designed specifically for minimal latency making the browsing experience much faster.

Revamped default Home page

Firefox comes with a new default home page i.e about:home with quicker access to bookmarks, history, sync, addons, settings, and much more. Checkout the screenshot below to check the difference.

New Tab page

It also comes with Tab pages just like Chrome and whenever you are opening a new tab, you get access to your most visited pages or websites with a thumbnail view just as in chrome browser.

Faster initial Start-up & Speed

I have been a firefox user for years and one of the problems faced by me is the slow start-up time of Firefox. But with Firefox 13, I am experiencing too fast initial start-up time just like the chrome browser ( I am using it on Windows 8 Preview edition though). Just check it out for yourself by installing the browser on your system and share your opinion with us.

It also comes with SPDY protocol and Smooth scrolling enabled by default which makes the browsing fast on supported sites.

Apart from these noticeable changes, it comes with loads of bug fixes and many improved or new features for Developers.  These include improvements to Page Inspector, HTML panel, Style Inspector, Scratchpad and Style Editor.


Download Mozilla Firefox 13 Final here.

PS: Thank you Ash for the tip.