02 Mozilla outs Firefox 12 with improved updating system

The crew over at Mozilla have whipped up yet another version of Firefox which brings something new to the table that avid fans of the browser have been wanting for a long time; silent, (almost) automatic updates!

The crew over at Mozilla have whipped up yet another version of Firefox which brings something new to the table that avid fans of the browser have been wanting for a long time; silent, (almost) automatic updates!

Firefox 12 is now available and while it may make some of you whinge and groan that yet another annoying update is out too soon, at least hereon any future updates won't be such a pita thanks to the new updating process having been implemented that does away with the manual updating headaches.

Mozilla said on its blog site on Tuesday, "We put a lot of work into making the Firefox update experience easier. Once a user gives explicit permission to Firefox on their first installation, they will not be prompted again for subsequent releases."

01 Mozilla outs Firefox 12 with improved updating system

Mozilla is referring to the user account control dialog (UAC) that by default pops up each time there is an update requiring explicit user permission. Mozilla has now removed this annoying popup and promises that there's no adverse effect in terms of system security while at the same time not interupting the user during the updating process.

Further to the stealthier updating process, Mozilla has also rolled ina number of security fixes into Firefox 12 as well as better WebGL performance on Mac OS X, automatic downloading for URLS that are pasted into the download manager window and a number of other tweaks as noted within the official release notes here.

You can download Firefox 12 for Windows, Mac OS and Linux via this page folks.