While Microsoft’s latest Internet Explorer patches gained the most focus from users last week, another web specialist was also busy delivering a new version of its browser.
Mozilla released an update of its Firefox browser, adding native support for Apple’s Mac OS X running on Intel processors, together with a number of fixes for all Firefox users. The new version of the browser, Firefox 18.104.22.168, is expected to address a number of critical yet unnamed security problems.
With the improved Mac OS support, Firefox will be able to take advantage of performance enhancements in the chipsets used by Apple's new Intel-based Macs, which were introduced earlier this year. That should speed up web browsing on the new systems, which had previously relied on Apple's Rosetta translation technology to run Firefox.
Firefox, which is an open source browser, now accounts for 10% of the browser market, according to web audience measurement firm NetApplications.com. Although 10% of the market may not seem a lot compared with Microsoft’s massive 85% odd share, that’s still a lot of Firefox browsers, and like Explorer, they must be effectively patched to keep users’ systems secure.