Bangalore, Nov. 9: Mozilla released Firefox 8 for download for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android today, with long awaited higher user control over web experience that weeds out some add-ons. To solve the problem of third party add-ons, that used to slow down Firefox start-up and page loading time, the new Firefox 8 will now disable third party add-ons.
The new version Firefox 8 introduces new features like, a built-in Twitter search option, better management of add-ons and tabs. It offers password management and support for saving bookmarks on home screen for Android. The Twitter search is most awaited feature.
Now the user of the new Firefox 8 have option to choose which add-ons to enable or disable as default browser will offer a dialog box to make selection.
According to Mozilla's official release these are the new features with Firefox 8:
Twitter is now an option for Firefox's search bar with language option of English, Portuguese, Slovenian, and Japanese.
Firefox now supports a new HTML feature that lets Web developers easily add context menus to their Web sites and Web apps.
Firefox gets a new option to load tabs on restart only when a person makes those tabs active.
The Android version of Firefox 8 has a feature called master password to protect saved usernames and passwords.
Under the hood, Firefox has added support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), which allows developers to load WebGL textures more securely. The browser continues to support HTML5 markup as well, and Mozilla has listed a number of changes that will affect Web developers here.
And as usual, the Firefox 8 gets a lot of bug fixes, including several with the important new Web Socket interface for high-speed communications between browsers and servers.