Mozilla releases Firefox 8

By on November 9, 2011
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Add’s Twitter search; disables 3rd party add-ons.

Mozilla has finally released the 8th version of Firefox, coming in with much security upgrades and tweaks in the background. What you will notice, though, are marginally faster HTML 5 speeds as well as something very important the first time you start Firefox 8: all your 3rd party add-ons are disabled.

This is one of the features Mozilla promised for the next Firefox when they released Firefox 7 in late September. As written on their blog, “Sometimes you download third-party software and are surprised to discover that an add-on has also installed itself in your browser without asking permission. At Mozilla, we think you should be in control, so we are disabling add-ons installed by third parties without your permission and letting you pick the ones you want to keep.”

Another new feature is the Twitter search engine integration into the browser. Now you can search people by their Twitter names, or specific terms using hash tags.

And finally the update for Android smartphones brings along with it the Firefox Master Password feature where users can safely store all of their username and passwords in one location. A risky proposition for many.


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  • Mladen

    Have they fixed all the bugs of Firefox 7, using ridiculously large amounts of memory (up to 1 gb at times) then promptly crashing? I got so ed up with Firefox 7 that I switched over to Opera, which is far from perfect and if Firefox 8 solves these issues I would gladly go back to FF.

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      Well, they have promised to reduce memory usage, and coupled with the fact that they have now automatically disabled 3rd party add-ons (which drag extra memory), it may help. 

      Honestly, the best thing is to try it out for yourself. Open up you regular tabs on FF7, then the same tabs on Opera and FF8. Check the task manager to see what amount of memory they are using. Then open a new tab and play some HD video in Youtube. And go to some flash heavy websites. All of these things really drag a browser’s memory management. That should give you an idea. Of course, a lot of it depends on your CPU and RAM and hard drive as well. 

      • Mladen

        Thanks Taimoor, what used ot annoy me the most is when it reached the critical mass memory usage (around 800 MB +), you couldn’t recover from it without restarting the browser, you could close all the tabs and it would still stay at huge usage. I will give 8 a try, fingers crossed they sorted it out because in all honesty all the other options in terms of browsers are inferior.

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