Firefox 7.0 Is Here with Improved Memory Handling
Article by George Norman
On 28 Sep 2011
Great news for fans of properly good web browsers: the latest version of the Firefox browser to be released to the public is v 7.0. Mozilla, the global, non-profit organization dedicated to making the world better, rolled out Firefox 7.0 to the public yesterday, the 27th of September.

If you’re anxious to get the browser, you can grab it straight from Mozilla here. As always, Firefox is offered free of charge to Windows, Mac and Linux users; it is offered in more than 70 languages. But before you go get the browser, perhaps you would like to know what it has to offer.

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The main and most interesting change the browser brings to the table is the fact that it makes web browsing faster by reducing memory use. Mozilla used the words “significantly” and “drastically” when describing how much better Firefox 7 is at memory handling, compared to previous versions.

“Firefox manages memory more efficiently to deliver a nimble Web browsing experience. Users will notice Firefox is faster at opening new tabs, clicking on menu items and buttons on websites. Heavy Internet users will enjoy enhanced performance when lots of tabs are open and during long Web browsing sessions that last hours or even days,” said Mozilla.

That’s the main thing Firefox 7 has to offer to regular users. Let’s put the spotlight now on what it has to offer to developers. Here goes: Firefox 7 comes with a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems (this makes life easier for developers as it allows them to build snappy web experiences for users) and it comes with support for the W3C navigation timing spec API (lets developers measure page load time and website navigation against bandwidth speed, website traffic and other factors; devs can use it to optimize websites and Web apps for different types of users).

From a security point of view, Firefox 7.0 comes with 8 security bulletins, 2 rated “moderate” and 5 rated “critical”. You can read more about the security bulletins here.

So here’s the conclusion: you want to get Firefox 7 which promises to offer drastically improved memory handling, you can get it in your own language here. If you want to learn more about what other new bits and pieces Firefox 7 has to offer, check out the release notes here.



Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Update, Security, Browser
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