Update: We've also run Kraken 1.1 and the v8 Benchmark Suite version 6 on the same browsers - these numbers come a bit closer to realizing the 30 percent improvement over version 8, while even more conclusively demonstrating how far Firefox has come since version 3.6.
Firefox 9 also brings two-finger navigation to users running OS X Lion - swiping left on a multitouch device will go back, and swiping right will go forward. Safari and Chrome have already implemented this feature, and while the functionality is the same in Firefox, those browsers include visual cues (arrows in Chrome, a visual sliding of the page in Safari) to let you know that you're doing it, visual feedback that I find helpful. There's still no support for fullscreen mode, though plugins exist to give this functionality to those who want it.
The rest of the improvements can be found in the usual laundry list of small security and bug fixes (including one I had run into where attachments wouldn't download properly when using the Outlook Web App - useful information for shops running an Exchange server). You can get the new browser by using Firefox's built-in updater or by visiting getfirefox.com.
Note: At the moment, Mozilla says that it's not pushing Firefox 9 out to OS X and Linux users automatically because of "a possible issue affecting a small number of users." We'll keep an eye on this and update the post as events progress.
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anonymous_user - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - linkMaybe they're having compatibility problems with an older add-on. Or maybe they find updating so frequently annoying.
ET - Thursday, December 22, 2011 - linkI don't think there are more releases than there were in the Firefox 3 era. They are just numbered differently. And the update process is so streamlined I have no problem with it. It downloads automatically in the background, and all I need is a restart, and after a quick install my browser is back up to where it was.
tipoo - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - linkI'd like to see these two in future benchmarks. Opera has stayed competitive in every feild, its not the "best" at anything but its good at everything, almost as fast as Chrome, almost as customizable as Firefox. Apart from the odd 1 in 100 site it has quirks with it keeps me happy.
And Palemoon is Firefoxs source code recompiled to use newer instruction sets like SSE2, providing a speedup instead of maintaining compatibility with processors no one on this site uses anymore like Firefox does. It also has stable 64 bit releases of Firefox, and it seems to work fine with every extension. If you use FF, no reason not to use Palemoon, IMO.
Andrew.a.cunningham - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - linkI think in the future I'll switch to a Windows test box so I can also put IE numbers up there, too. I started out wanting a quick set of numbers and it got away from me a bit. :-)
tipoo - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - linkAh, I guess my eyes skipped that paragraph and went straight to the benchmarks. I wonder if the performance change is different under Windows? Time for an end of year Anandtech browser roundup, me thinks :)
Arnulf - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - linkWow, they are at 4.0.9 already ?
Hrel - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - linkI am extremely annoyed by these updates. I am not updating to 9. Every single time NONE of my add ons work. I have to go searching for ALL of them a couple weeks later. Main updates instead of incremental = worste idea ever.
jramskov - Thursday, December 22, 2011 - linkYou must be using some odd and lousy coded add-ons since Mozilla automatically tests all add-ons (hosted at Mozilla) and the large majority works without a problem and will therefore automatically be marked as compatible with the latest release.
Firefox was my primary browser for a long time but then I switched to Chrome. Since Firefox 7 though, I slowly started using Firefox more and these days it is my primary browser.
Penti - Friday, December 23, 2011 - linkIt's seriously not worse then the 0.1 releases before when it comes to add ons it's even better most of the time.
gorash - Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - linkAwesome, the sunspider is 0.009 sec faster than the previous version.
Are these even meaningful anymore?