Mozilla released Firefox 6 just 2 days ago and pushed its Firefox 7 from Aurora build to the Beta phase on the same day. Firefox 7 Beta is now available from download from Mozilla’s update channel.
Key improvements in Firefox 7 is its minimal memory usage. As we all know, Firefox 6 hogs down your memory considerably. I myself have tested it out by opening multiple tabs on Firefox and checking the memory consumption rate. When it takes 1,00,000K amount of memory for just 2 tabs, you can predict at what pace the memory rate will jump when 3 or more tabs are open.
This is why Mozilla team is introducing the MemShrink project with the release of Firefox 7. A project solely concentrated to clean out the memory leaks and crashes seen in the Firefox browsers. Mozilla team is claiming that it is getting successful results.
Developer of Mozilla, Nicholas Nethercote quoted on his blog,
“Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% 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.”
Other great features to be expected in Firefox 7 are:
- Azure Direct2D for Canvas which renders canvas based animations in HTML5 smoothly.
- Firefox Sync is faster now which means all your passwords and bookmarks will be synchronized instantly.
- New add-on to be introduced called as Telemetry which allows users to send performance data to Firefox developers.
Firefox 7 is destined to be released this September 27. But for other anxious people who can’t wait, here is the Beta download link.
I think Firefox 7 will be a good news for everybody and since Mozilla has introduced this rapid updates we will be seeing a new version of Firefox released every 6 weeks. I am very excited for its release. Are you?
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