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Firefox 7: Is beta better?

September 9, 2011

Image: www.makingwindowseasy.com

2011- Third version of Mozilla this year- This week, Mozilla announced the launch of Firefox 7, also known as Firefox 7 beta, which is compatible to run on Mac, Windows and Linux operating systems. According to Mozilla, Firefox uses much less memory than Firefox versions 4, 5 or 6, cutting consumption by almost as much as 50%! This is because of a project dubbed ‘Memshrink’ which prevents information being leaked down when the tabs are closed. These memory fixes have led to Firefox 7 being significantly faster than its predecessors, and thus better suited for developers for making Web based apps and websites.

Further benefits –Your data syncs faster when a bookmark or password is added or changed, and Azure Direct2D for Canvas helps Firefox speed up HTML5(which was still being worked upon as of beginning August this year)Canvas-based animation rendering. Another way to display CSS 3 text that overflows the layout area has also been given to developers with the CSS 3 Text-Overflow ellipsis.

Rapid Release – Mozilla also recently adopted a “rapid release process” that it said would allow a new release of Firefox every six weeks, which was met with a mixed response. This rapid release process means bringing out newer, faster, smarter versions of the browser, which would ensure that new capabilities were not delayed for almost a year, defended Mitchell Baker, chair of the nonprofit organization. A key challenge presented before businesses is the need for them to certify their websites, apps and add-ons each time Mozilla puts up an updated version. “This can take weeks or months. Security is also paramount, enterprises need access to a version that includes all known security fixes,” Mozilla said in a blog post. However, loyal Mozilla and Firefox users have been sticking to using Firefox at both their places of work and at home.

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