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Mozilla releases Firefox 5

Multiple platform support for Do Not Track feature

Mozilla has released a fifth version of its Firefox web browser, less than three months after unveiling Firefox 4.

Firefox 5 delivers more than ‘1,000 improvements and performance enhancements’ on previous versions, Mozilla said, making it easier for consumers to discover and use its extensive features.

The latest version is compatible with the Windows, Mac, Linux and Android operating systems.

Firefox for Android includes the Do Not Track (DNT) privacy feature first introduced in Firefox 4. Mozilla claims this makes it the first browser to support DNT across multiple platforms.

DNT allows users to inform websites that they do not wish their browsing activity to be tracked for online behavioural advertising purposes.

Firefox 5 for Windows, Mac and Linux includes support for modern web technologies, such as HTML5, JavaScript and CSS Animations standard which allows for the development of dynamic web applications and websites.

Mozilla said the browser was moving to ‘a rapid release development cycle’ in order to deliver new features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster. It expects to release Firefox 6 and 7 before the end of the year.

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