Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
Firefox 18 for desktop is due to officially launch sometime this week, but the latest version is already available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can grab it now from Mozilla’s servers here: FTP.
If you prefer to wait for the official launch, keep your browser pointed to Firefox.com. You may also want to check out the Mozilla blog, which is bound to have an announcement soon. If you use Firefox on your Android device, make sure to check for app updates over on the Google Play Store as a new version is likely coming soon this week as well.
There’s no official Firefox 18 changelog as of yet, but the beta release notes should serve as a decent guideline:
- NEW: Support for Retina Display on OS X 10.7 and up.
- NEW: Preliminary support for WebRTC.
- CHANGED: Experience better image quality with our new HTML scaling algorithm.
- CHANGED: Performance improvements around tab switching.
- DEVELOPER: CSS3 Flexbox implemented.
- DEVELOPER: Support for new DOM property window.devicePixelRatio.
- DEVELOPER: Support for @supports added.
- DEVELOPER: Improvement in startup time through smart handling of signed extension certificates.
- HTML5: Support for W3C touch events impemented, taking the place of MozTouch events.
- FIXED: Disable insecure content loading on HTTPS pages (62178).
- FIXED: Improved responsiveness for users on proxies (769764).
We will update you with more information (including the official changelog) when Firefox 18 officially launches. In the meantime, if you’re a Web developer, you may want to check out Firefox 18 for developers.
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