We spoke about the early availability of the Firefox 8 browser yesterday, on Mozilla’s FTP server, but today, the browser is officially available for download. Firefox 8 is being launched as part of a rapid release cycle for the browser. One of the biggest features is the ability to search Twitter tags and names from the search bar. As expected, there are a whole bunch of bug fixes and performance tweaks being made to the browser. There’s more control over the way add-ons are installed. Third party add-ons will not be enabled until the user chooses to. Some visual changes to the tab animations have also been made. Current versions of Firefox will auto-update to the latest build. If it doesn’t, users can download the latest version from the official site.

Finally available for download

Finally available for download

Two other accompanying products to be launched today are Thunderbird 8.0, the email client and Lightning 1.0, a calendar app. Firefox 9 and Firefox 10 are already under development. Firefox 9 should soon enter Beta, while Firefox 10 appears in the Aurora development builds. Firefox 10 should offer a newer interface. It’s currently available as a nightly build on the Firefox site.

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