Jun 24 2011   11:06PM GMT

FireFox 5 Goes Live

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all, like most in the world who use FireFox you should have been presented with the option to upgrade to FireFox 5. Like most in the world of IT you were likely wondering what the heck is different between FireFox 4 and FireFox 5 and you would be right to do so. You can find a list of the upgrades here. The list or improvements is long but is there anything in there that is really necessary?

FireFox 5 is a whole version update. The name is supposed to imply a deep seated well thought out change like the difference between Vista and Win 7. That doesn’t seem to be the case with FireFox 5 though, at least not with the users. Rickard at TechNewsWorld has confirmed that they won’t be releasing patches for FireFox 4, you can find his article here. That is huge for the user community but what else? What else is different about version 5? One blogger has a nice spin on why Mozilla would release another version of FireFox so early after the last release, that reason is press. That is actually a a fair and probably accurate rational. They need market share like anyone else and this keeps them in the front of everyone’s mind.

No matter how you look at it FireFox 5 is an easy upgrade that you will need to make, might as well do it sooner than later.

Until next time,
TechStop (JW)

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