Mozilla Officially Launched Firefox 8

Mozilla Firefox 8 is now officially available for download after a number of betas and a candidate version. The latest version now offers its users Twitter search and also an intensified security with improved add-on control.

Mozilla’s most obvious priority has long been on offering a fully in-control browsing experiencing to its users and the latest version of Firefox is certainly something really incredibly in-line with Mozilla’s set fundamentals. Prior to the launch of Firefox 8, Mozilla with a view to improve the functionalities of Firefox had included several third party vendors, which are now dropped or disabled for the latest version.

This doesn’t mean that you cannot enable add-ons on the latest version, however, the Mozilla Programmer Justin Scott said in a statement on the blog that “add-ons are not always beneficial to those browsing the web.”

“These add-ons installed by third parties present a number of problems: they can slow down Firefox start-up and page loading time,”

“They clutter the interface with toolbars that often go unused, they lag behind on compatibility and security updates, and most importantly, they take the user out of control of their add-ons.”

Like the previous versions, the Firefox 8 has also been pre-loaded with add-ons, but in a different way. With Firefox 8, users will be able to keep only those add-ons which they need the most instead of keeping all of them that result in slow browsing experience. A dialogue-box is introduced in the latest version that displays a list of add-ons and asks for your permission to enable or disable certain add-ons according to your requirements.

The regular release cycle of Mozilla is quite fast that makes it hard for us to keep pace with the versions. It seems that the developers behind add-ons also facing problems because of which often updated versions experience compatibility problems.

Apart from add-ons controls, another major addition in new version is Twitter Search integration. Through this, it will become easier for the users to find out new topics, #hashtags, and @usernames. However, the service is initially limited to the users of English, Portuguese, Slovenian and Japanese versions. However, blog post from Mozilla suggests that more languages will be available in the coming days.

If you want to give Mozilla Firefox 8 a try, here are the direct links:


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