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Posted: 10:04 a.m. Friday, May 2, 2014

Micro: What's new in the Firefox revamp? 

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Firefox version 29
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A revamped version of the Firefox web browser was released last week with new security features and more ways to customize its menus.

By Omar L. Gallaga

When you think about how much time people still spend staring inside their web browsers, it’s easy to see how any big design changes to the major ones (Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, the open-source Firefox) can be jarring.

But for the Firefox web browser, which has been slipping in popularity to about 25 percent of web users, it may have been long overdue. Last week, Mozilla, the group behind the free browser, unveiled version 29, a major revamp of Firefox.

It’s got a cleaner design that might remind you of Chrome, but a few neat tricks of its own such as a much-easier-to-find-and-use menu button on the top right of the browser. The menu button brings up a set of big, friendly icons that can be customized. You can move buttons around or stick new ones in for specific commands or add-on tools. The new version has security fixes and improved ways to sync bookmarks, passwords and other info across devices.

The new Firefox is out for Windows PCs, Mac, Linux and Android devices.

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