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Firefox 5 Arrives June 21 With Silent Updating

Love how the Chrome browser keeps itself up to date by automatically downloading and installing emergency updates without any intervention on your part? Mozilla, open-source organization behind the Firefox browser, says it will add silent updating to Firefox 5, the next major release following the final Firefox 4 release last month. Mozilla fell victim of its slow development schedule (Firefox 3 and 4 were about a year in development each), allowing Google to take the lead with Chrome in terms of new features and software releases.

To rectify the situation, they have a new release schedule that supports rapid releases, with Firefox planned for a mid-August release. Like Chrome’s developer, beta and stable channels, Mozilla now provides four different Firefox builds –  nightly, aurora, beta and Firefox. Emergency security updates called "chemspills" will appear simultaneously on all four channels and will be pushed to users via a new silent update mechanism.

App Tabs in Firefox 4.

Tab grouping in Firefox 4.