This year is quite definitely amongst the most activity filled ones for browsers in a long time. Chrome 14, for example launched earlier this month and it has not been a long time, since Firefox 6 came out. Just yesterday, Firefox 7 launched. While the quick release cycle brings quicker updates, it doesn’t necessarily mean big jumps in terms of features and performance. But, Firefox 7 is different. Firefox has been plagued by memory management issues for a while now, and this new version might just fix those niggles. Mozilla claims that users should notice that the browser loads and also opens tabs quicker. Also, those who keep several tabs open should find the experience to be smoother.
Rapid release cycle in action
Mozilla claims that the performance boost should be roughly between 20 and 50 percent. There’s also hardware acceleration support for HTML5 animations. Tabs that have several images should benefit by the tweaks made. We’re not sure how well the browser is able to handle plugins, as often is the case with most browsers, plugins tend to sap a lot of system resources and that’s something that’s hard for browser developers to fix. Firefox 7 is out for download for Windows, Linux and Mac.
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