March 17, 2012, 7:23 AM —
Firefox 11 -- the latest version of Mozilla's popular browser, released on March 13 -- includes only modest improvements over Firefox 10.2, and is unlikely to motivate a large number of people to switch from competing browsers. The upgrade (which is available for several platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Android) now includes the ability to sync add-ons among multiple systems and to import bookmarks, history lists and other data from Chrome.
But these improvements, plus several lesser ones, will not likely stem the slow decline in Firefox use or the accompanying growth of Chrome.
Sync across devices
If there's one feature that might spur people to switch from a competing browser to Firefox, it's the new add-on sync feature. With it, you can sync your add-ons across multiple devices (including Android smartphones and tablets), regardless of which operating system they use, as long as they run Firefox. Firefox already included the ability to sync bookmarks and other data across versions; it's only the add-on sync that's new.