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Mozilla posts Firefox 8 beta

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Fri September 30, 2011

App adds Twitter Search and security enhancements

Mozilla has posted a new Beta version of its Firefox browser for testing (free, Mac/Windows/Linux, Android). The release adds features and user interface elements that make browsing easier. Twitter search has been added to both platforms as well.

The Tweeter search feature adds Twitter as a default search option for searching hashtags and usernames. Initially, it will be available in English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Russian, Danish, Suomi, and Norwegian language searches.

The Android Beta adds support for a single master password and home screen bookmarking. The latter allows a user to add and launch any bookmarked website from their Android Home Screen.

In the computer Beta release, Mozilla has added on-demand tab restoration. With it, a user can save time by opening only selected web pages when a window with multiple tabs is restored. Mozilla has also animated reordering and tearing off tabs.

For extra security, the new beta provides enhanced add-on controls. When Firefox starts and finds that a third-party program has installed an add-on, the app will disable the add-on until the user has explicitly confirmed they want to keep, disable, or delete it.

Firefox 8 also contains some new tools for Web developers. Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) lets developers load securely textures from other domains for WebGL. Developers can now also add items directly to the Firefox right click menu using simple HTML5 markup. Video and audio HTML5 media elements can now be added to a website without degrading performance.

Mozilla just officially released Firefox 7 earlier this week after a six week beta. The short lag between releases is consistent with Mozilla's practice of offering incremental releases more frequently rather than major occasional releases. If Mozilla remains true to form, the official version 8 release should be posted before Thanksgiving.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Justin

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    So tomorrow we can expect Firefox 8 final then Sunday we can expect Firefox 9 beta, right?

  1. facebook_Justin

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    So tomorrow we can expect Firefox 8 final then Sunday we can expect Firefox 9 beta, right?

  1. daqman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Completely nuts

    My wife can't cope with this. She is a computer user not guru. She updated to Firefox 6 what seems like not long ago and had to fix the broken extensions. Now Firefox is bleating that she should upgrade to 7 and 8 is on the horizon.

    Another thing. What happened to numbering schemes like 7.1, 7.2 etc? In ten years we're going to have to upgrade to Firefox 12,738 !!

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Quote: "In ten years we're going to have to upgrade to Firefox 12,738 !!"

    Make that "around next summer". Firefox is on a mission to outdo Chrome, at least when it comes to version numbers. What they didn't seem to notice: it's completely ridiculous. I dumped Firefox just because of that. I don't like this idiotic "strategy". Customers expect new features and REAL improvements in full x.0 release, not junk like "Twitter search". Please.

  1. icerabbit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Losing count

    This is just getting out of hand ... every time extensions break ... getting really fed up with this ...

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