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Mozilla Resets Firefox 13

Jun 06, 2012, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

There was a time when a new Mozilla Firefox release was primarily about unique features not seen elsewhere, features that would literally change the way we use the web. Firefox 13, released by Mozilla today, is not one of those releases.

Firefox 13 provides features that users of other browser platforms have seen for years. Most notably in the new Mozilla release there is a New Tab page. Instead of starting with a blank page for a tab, Mozilla is now copying functionality present in Opera, Chrome and Safari.

All those browsers have features that provide a new tab page that highlights the most frequently access pages. In Safari, the feature is called 'cover flow' and it's a feature that Apple has provided its users with since at least 2007. Firefox 13 now does the same and enables users to customize the new page as well, following Apple's lead five years after the fact.

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