Firefox 7 to use as much as 50% less memory

By on August 20, 2011
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Firefox 7 will improve its memory usage and will continue to improve it further in newer versions.

Mozilla continuing its fast track release approach had just released version 6, and have already plans for version 7 and version 8. The biggest aim for Firefox 7 release will be about the most common complain of Firefox: Its memory usage. In a blog post written by one of Mozilla’s programmers, he claims that Firefox 7 will have a solution that many users of the web browser will be happy to hear.

He says,

“Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20 (percent) to 30 (percent) less, and sometimes as much as 50 {percent) less. In particular, Firefox 7′s memory usage will stay steady if you leave it running overnight, and it will free up more memory when you close many tabs.”

“This means that Firefox 7 is faster (sometimes drastically so) and less likely to crash, particularly if you have many websites open at once and/or keep Firefox running for a long time between restarts.”

This improvement in upcoming Firefox 7 is credited to MemShink, a new effort by Mozilla designed specifically to decrease Firefox’s memory usage. The MemShink team aims to improve focus only on memory usage of Firefox to improve it continuously. So, Firefox 7 is not the final frontier they are already planning updates linked to Firefox 8 which will improve its performance even more.

Feeling adventurous? Why not try the latest Firefox nightly build a go @ Nightly.mozilla.org


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