Like clockwork, every 6 weeks we see Firefox getting a refresh. Today was no different, with Firefox prompting users to update to the next version, 14.0.1. Like previous incremental updates, this provides several small graphical changes along with some under the hood improvements.
If you've been paying attention to my writing, you know that I'm a Firefox fan. I have been for years. While that loyalty was strained over the long, long time it took for Firefox 4 to finally be released, since then I feel that I've been handsomely rewarded for staying with my browser. Over the past summer and fall, we've seen 4 new releases, moving the version number up to 8. While I personally think that more appropriate numbers would have been 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4, the name doesn't change the fact that Firefox has been quickly and steadily improving for the past year, and it shows. It might be too little too late though.
This week Mozilla released Firefox 7, touting increases in HTML5 standards compliance as well as reduced system memory requirements. I downloaded it to try it out, and for the most part things are as advertised. Firefox 7, or as I like to think of it, Firefox 4.3, is the 3rd release since Mozilla began it's 6 week release schedule. I'm not really a fan of the schedule because of the strain it puts on Enterprise users, but I can see the benefits. One compromise I wish they'd have thought of is a hybrid, releasing .x increments every 6 weeks, and larger full number releases on a longer time table. It would allow businesses to take the slower upgrade path, while still getting updates into the hands of power users quickly. Also it would keep the numbers from getting overly large.
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.