What’s New in Firefox 23.0 for Mac OS X – Alpha 2 Available for Download

“Aurora” release introduces animations for swipe navigation

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OS X users eagerly awaiting the next major release of Firefox will be glad to learn that Mozilla has carried out some nifty work in the latest alpha build specifically targeting Macs.

OS X users eagerly awaiting the next major release of Firefox will be glad to learn that Mozilla has carried out some nifty work in the latest alpha build specifically targeting Macs.

It’s going to be a long time before Mozilla pushes out Firefox 23.0 Final for Mac, but the earliest test builds are already beginning to provide some indication as to the new features users will enjoy.

OS X Lion and Mountain Lion customers in particular will be glad to learn that Mozilla is throwing in animations for swipe navigation and “support bounce behavior when reaching the top and bottom of documents.”

In layman terms, this change refers to the “rubber band” effect which iOS users are most familiar with.

Also exclusively available on the Mac, Firefox 23 will deliver support for a new scrollbar style. To be noted that none of these changes will be available for OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) or older versions of Apple’s desktop OS.

All the latest versions of Firefox for Mac are available at the link below, including the new Firefox 23.0 Aurora (Alpha) 2 build which includes the changes described above.

As always, be cautious not to mistakenly employ an Aurora or Beta build of Firefox for work. Only the Final version (Firefox 21.0) is reliable for work environments, so go ahead and grab that one for a more bug-free experience.

You can expect many more new features and enhancements to be announced before the stable version of Firefox 23 is released, and you can count on us to relay those changes to you as soon as Mozilla confirms them.

The system requirements are a Macintosh computer with an Intel x86 processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 200 MB of hard drive space.

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