On 4th October, We covered about the beta version of Firefox 8. As per the rapid release cycle tradition, Mozilla has just recently unleashed a new version of their Firefox web browser. Yes, the Mozilla’s latest available web browser Firefox 8 is now is officially available to download.
Firefox 8 has been launched as part of a rapid release cycle tradition by Mozilla to stay ahead of the rapidly catching Google Chrome. Firefox 8 is currently the latest stable version by Mozilla.
Firefox 8 comes with the usual security and stability updates and with some numerous new features. One of the biggest features is the ability to search Twitter tags and names from the search bar. Yes, Twitter is now included in the drop down menu of the search bar, alongside the likes of Google, Bing and eBay. So users can quickly and directly search for the latest trending realtime tweets.
One of the most interesting new features is a check Firefox performs after installation. This new feature lets you to see the status of your addons’ compatibility with the new version It also lets you to enable or disable the addons as desired. Additionally Firefox 8 now automatically disables any installed addons without the user’s permission. i.e applications such as Free Download Manager, BitComet, Skype, etc. The addons remover has been added for better integration with Firefox. Some of them nerver ask for your permission before installing the addon. For some users this can mean forced addons impacting the performance and stability of Firefox. Such addons will now default to disabled, and the user will have an option to install such an addon on launch.
Another feature of Firefox that can have a huge impact on power surfers with dozens of tabs open at a time, is a new load-on-demand feature for tabs. The Mozilla team has also made it quicker to load up browser sessions with multiple tabs. Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support has been added and that lets web developers load WebGL textures from other domains in a secure fashion.
It now supports the new HTML5 context menu standard. This feature will allow websites to add options to the regular context-menu of browser. This will improve the integrated feel of the application. Some more web standards improvements are, WebSocket support has been improved. CSS Hyphen support has been added. Support for the insertAdjacentHTML DOM API has been added.
Firefox 9 and Firefox 10 are already under development. Firefox 9 should release the Beta version soon, while Firefox 10 appears in the Aurora development builds. Firefox 10 should offer some newer interface useful for the users. Firefox 10 is currently available as a nightly build on the Firefox website.