Mozilla has released Firefox 7 the next version of their popular web browser. This new version of Firefox is supposed to see as much as a 50% reduction in memory use from its previous versions. This is good news for me as I use multiple tabs and can see Firefox using up to 1GB of memory sometimes.
This is a huge step towards Mozilla’s ongoing effort to reduce Firefox’s memory use. Now that Firefox can manage memory more effectively, users of the browser will see faster page load times and quicker tabs. Also with many tabs open at the same time Firefox will be able to maintain performance without eating ram.
Firefox 7 now supports the W3C navigation timing spec API so developers and publishers can measure page load time to help improve their application. Here is the quick look at changes in Firefox 7 be sure to download it now:
The latest version of Firefox has the following changes:
- Drastically improved memory handling for certain use cases
- Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
- Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
- The ‘http://’ URL prefix is now hidden by default
- Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
- Added support for the Web Timing specification
- Enhanced support for MathML
- The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to version 8
- Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox
- Fixed several stability issues
- Fixed several security issues