Mozilla on Tuesday released Firefox 12, which incorporates silent updates, among other enhancements.
The browser maker initially promised silent updates – or updates that occur in the background – with Firefox 13, but the feature has made its way into today’s release.
“Firefox simplifies the update process for Windows users by removing the user account control dialog (UAC) pop-up while maintaining the security of your system,” Mozilla said in a blog post. “Once a user gives explicit permission to Firefox on their first installation, they will not be prompted again for subsequent releases.”
Last year, Mozilla switched to a Chrome-esque rapid release cycle, which means that it releases new browser versions at a faster clip. In the past, it might have been more than a year between browser versions, but this year alone, Mozilla has already released Firefox 10, 11, and 12. With the silent updates incorporated into Firefox 12, users won’t be interupted by multiple prompts to update to the latest version of their browser.
Firefox 12 also adds 85 improvements to built-in developer tools, Mozilla said. “For example, developers no longer need to reload the page to see messages in the Web Console, and Scratchpad adds Find and Jump to Line commands to the editor. Our improvements touched on every one of the built-in tools,” the company said.