Mozilla Firefox is taking another page out of the Google Chrome handbook. Not only does Mozilla’s web browser now include tabs at the top of the screen and a rapid release schedule. It also installs updates in the background without asking you to do anything — assuming you’re running Windows.

Firefox 12 hit the streets today, and like the past half dozen or so updates to the web browser there aren’t any really major changes. But one small and helpful change is silent updates for Windows users.

Firefox 12 web browser

Like Google Chrome, Firefox will now download updates in the background as soon as they’re available and install them without asking you to check any boxes or restart the browser.

Then the next time you do restart the browser you’ll boot into the updated version of Firefox.

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5 replies on “Firefox 12 for Windows introduces silent updates”

  1. This is not good for my office, where everyone shares a network install, each keeping his own profile on the file server.

  2. For most users this is good default behavior. I’ve lost count of the number of times my parents have called me when upgrade dialogs start popping up on their screen. I’d wager that the majority of users don’t use any plugins at all, so they will not be affected by possible incompatibilities.

  3. I hope it doesn’t just update and disable my addons.  That would be bad.

    1. to prevent this ….
      How i can enable or disable that new feature of firefox 12?
      Options > Advanced > might first check compatibility of your addons / plugins and then decide about an update.

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