Firefox, the world’s second most widely used internet browser turned seven recently coinciding with the its latest release of Firefox 8 on the 8th of September.
According to the Firefox homepage this latest addition is more than 32 times faster than the original Firefox 1.0.
Firefox 8 comes just six weeks after its predecessor Firefox 7. Since the release of Version 5.0 on the 21st of June 2011. Firefox has released subsequent versions every six weeks as part of its rapid release strategy focusing chiefly on speed, stability and security.
The major changes to Firefox 8 are that users can now disable or enable add-ons easily upon installation. Additionally user installed add-ons are enabled by default and third party program add-ons are disabled by default. The benefits of this change are many. It is planned to reduce interface clutter from unused toolbar options, speed up start-up and page loading time, give the user greater control and increase net security.
Other features of Firefox 8 include stability fixes with 8 patches, an on-demand tab which loads at startup reducing restored session load time. Perhaps Firefox 8’s most toted improvement is the new Twitter search bar enabling users to look up topics, hashtags and usernames in the search bar.
The next version of Firefox is due for release on the 20th of December 2011.