Firefox 15 In Stores Everywhere Now

Well it seems that the next chapter in the war to increase the version number of your desktop browser just got written because Firefox 15 is available now.

Having had a quick read through the Mozilla blog and the more detailed posts here and here this all sounds quite promising.

In the modern age of the browser wars whilst I’ve been impressed with what Google has done to spur innovation by stirring things up with Chrome, it’s never quite managed to shift me away from Firefox. For a long while, Firefox was starting to feel like a tatty old jacket, I was comfortable with it but everyone else was telling me to bin it for the latest fashion trend.

It’s safe to say however that having used both, I now feel that it is the Chrome users who are missing out. Having stuck with it I’ve still got the super tweaked Firefox 15 on my desktop, a browser that I’ve become accustomed to over the years except now, it’s faster than ever.

Game on!

In even better news it seems that Firefox has also sorted it head out when it comes to Android tablets which Mozilla neglected for the past couple of releases. As the release of CyanogenMod 10 is just over the horizon it looks like I will be getting much more use out of my HP Touchpad in the not to distant future.

Firefox Add-ons

Being the overly helpful chap that I am, it has come to my attention that you can now build useful collections of add-ons for Mozilla Firefox et al.

This is quite a good idea and I’ve used the opportunity to create MYstIC G’s Hand Picked Helpers which are a simple bundle of extensions that I use to make Firefox that bit easier. At the moment it contains:

  • DownThemAll!
  • BetterPrivacy
  • Add-on Collector
  • Adblock Plus
  • Leechblock
  • British English Dictionary
  • SkipScreen
  • Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO)
  • Greasemonkey
  • Xmarks
  • Sxipper

I’m sure that the list will change over time but the general focus of the add-ons that I use will still centre around getting any firefox on any box up and running with favourites and logins whilst removing the dross of the net that nobody really wants to deal with.

Let us know if any of you find it useful!