Mozilla has released Firefox 14 for desktop operating systems on July 17th as part of its six-week update. Features include automatically encrypting Google searches and supporting the Pointer Lock API. Mozilla has also included support for fullscreen mode in Mac OS X 10.7.

According to Mozilla, Firefox encrypts Google search data by default, adding that users can now easily verify the identity of a web site by clicking on an icon to the left of the URL. The addition of search encryption is particularly handy for those using Firefox on wireless connections.

Firefox 14 support of Pointer Lock will improve mouse control for internet based applications and in particular games, Mozilla cited its own HTML5 'Browserquest' game as an example of improved performance. With HTML5 expected to become the markup language of choice for web-based games developers, it seems a very good time for Firefox to support it.

Various security fixes have also been included as well as a fix for when GIF animation is stuck when src and image size are changed.

Known unresolved issues to date are:
  • For some users, scrolling in the main GMail window will be slower than usual
  • If a user trys to start Firefox using a locked profile it will crash
  • For Windows The use of Microsoft's System Restore functionality shortly after updating Firefox may prevent future updates
  • Focus rings keep growing when repeatedly tabbing through elements