January 19, 2013, 7:35 AM — With major new releases of both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox happening within days of each other, it's been a big week for the browser market. Chrome 24 began to be rolled out to stable channel users via Google's automatic background updater on Thursday, while Mozilla announced the release version of Firefox 18 on Tuesday.
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But which browser got the biggest upgrade? Who's the fastest? The safest? The easiest to use? We took a look at Chrome 24 and Firefox 18 to try and find out.
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But that isn't all that's been added to Chrome 24. New support for MathML, or math markup language, means that it's a lot easier to display mathematical notation on web pages, and a Flash update will keep that plug-in working on Chrome for the near future. (It should be noted that MathML has been natively supported on Firefox for some time.)
Google made a number of security updates in Chrome 24, as well -- 11 out of 24 of which were rated "high" risk by the browser's security team. Three of those highly rated vulnerabilities resulted in bug bounties for their discoverers, with one prize of $4,000 and two of $1,000 handed out.
Firefox 18 also packs several new features like support for Retina display resolutions on sufficiently recent versions of OS X, and the underpinnings of support for the developing webRTC standard, which is designed to enable real-time communication via the Web.
SO WHO'S ON TOP?
Broadly, it's still a matter of personal preference -- Chrome's cleaner design, blazing speed and instant updating will be more attractive to some, while Firefox's flexibility and customization options will tempt others.
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