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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Firefox 5 stable version has just been released yesterday. Here is a overview of what new features you will be seeing in this new browser.
For starters, after you download and install the browser, you will notice no major change has been done to the interface. It still carries the good old Firefox 4 look. Now lets jot down the pros and cons and you yourself decide whether you really want to upgrade to 5 or not!
- Do-Not-Track feature is taken care of and is easily accessible via the preferences section allowing a greater deal of control over cookie storage.
- Browsing the web is a lot faster compared to the previous version. According to a test conducted at PCW, Firefox 5 even beat Chrome and Opera in terms of both speed and efficiency. Firefox 5 continued to work smoothly even with 25 websites opened.
- No major change in its interface. Carries the same GUI as seen in its predecessor.
- Add-on incompatibility. Many add-ons are not supported in Firefox 5. I myself checked out that the Google Toolbar extension had been automatically disabled because of incompatibilty.
- Hogs a large amount of memory in a Linux environment resulting in a slow and draggy performance. I have tested the new Firefox 5 stable build on Ubuntu only to find out thats it still hangs off on me.
I give Firefox 5 an OK for a upgrade. Yes there are a few minor bugs, but i think the Pros section holds a stronger stand than the Cons. Firefox 5 also features a new Add-on SDK kit which will prove a lot helpful for the add-on developers.
Also Mozilla is claiming Firefox 5 to be the first browser to debut the Rapid release cycle giving out many browser updates over the year.
Download Mozilla Firefox 5.0 for Windows!
Drop a comment if you found this review helpful. Also tell us what you thought of this new version of Firefox, is it good enough?
Firefox 4.0 has changed a lot of thing’s like:-In the Firefox 4 nightly builds, and in Firefox 4 Beta 1, they have changed the default tab position so that tabs are on top. This is a preference that users can change by right clicking on any of their toolbars. Moving the default tab position is obviously a significant and to some extent controversial change to the Firefox UI, which are really difficult to handle, for example have a look on the image below you can clearly see , the tabs cant be seen clearly, as per the firefox 4.0 has fixed this problem, as u can see in the image below:-
Now you can see,that the tabs are moved to the top and are easy to be used ,I have to say it looks more attractive too . Recently modern browsers have been transitioning by placing tabs on top, and that decision isn’t arbitrary, it isn’t about fashion. The change to placing tabs on top isn’t about one browser versus another browser, it’s about the evolution of the Web as a platform. Now in the image below you can see the rest changes in firefox 4.0well it looks cool and in this post i will give u the link to download
The Mozilla Developer Preview 3.7 Alpha 5 (code name for firefox 4.0) is available for download here.