It’s version 10. Do you know where your Firefox is?
Yes, rev up your update engines. Firefox 10 — the latest in a dizzying series of upgrades — is now available for your browsing pleasure.
This is Mozilla’s seventh major browser release in the last 10 months. After releasing Firefox 4 in March 2011, Mozilla adopted a rapid release schedule similar to the cycle Google employs with its Chrome browser.
The new schedule means that users get a new version of Firefox every six weeks, rather than every two to three years.
Like other recent releases, Firefox 10 focuses on under-the-hood enhancements and bug fixes, rather than scads of new features or changes to the user interface.
Still, Mozilla has added some new front-facing features to Firefox 10, including improvements to add-on compatibility and built-in developer tools.
Firefox now automatically marks add-ons as compatible with the browser without requiring add-on developers to code support by hand. The browser also automatically checks for add-on updates every 24 hours.
As for the developer tools, Firefox 10 now includes a tightly-integrated set of CSS, HTML and DOM inspectors. This allows web developers to quickly zero in on any portion of a live (or locally hosted) web page and enable real-time previewing.
If you’re familiar with WebKit’s Web Inspector in Safari and Chrome, you’ll feel right at home with Firefox 10′s tool suite. It won’t replace add-ons like Firebug for advanced developers, but it’s a great lightweight, built-in option.