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Firefox 11, live this week, gets dev tools and add-on sync, but not much more

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(Read caption) Firefox 11 goes live this week. Here, a different kind of Firefox.

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In late January, Mozilla released Firefox 10, the latest edition of its popular browser. Now, less than two months later – and after a brief security scare – the company is trotting out Firefox 11. The new browser is not particularly laden with bells and whistles, although there are a couple of notable functionalities, including the option to sync add-ons across various computers, as well as a suite of development tools, such as the new Mozilla "Style Editor."

Writing at PC Mag, Michael Muchmore gives a thumbs up to the development tools and new add-ons, but finds the performance on Firefox 11 to be lacking. 

"Firefox 11 can nearly match Chrome on JavaScript speed, and holds its own when it comes to HTML5 support and a trimmed down interface that gives the Web page center stage," Muchmore notes. "But when compared side-by-side with Chrome, Firefox falls just a bit short in terms of HTML5 support and whiz-bang features like Chrome Instant, which loads pages from your history before you even finish typing their addresses or search terms in the address bar."

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