Includes Twitter search and more.
Despite the last week’s Firefox 7 Final announcement, Mozilla has been working hard and already finished the Firefox 8 Beta build for you to play with.
Although you might expect just some minor changes, don’t be fooled, it includes more than that:
- Twitter Search is now in the default search engines list.
Data provided by StatCounter, a company that tracks browser usage using the free analytics tools it offers websites, shows that Chrome will pass Firefox to take second place right behind Internet Explorer (IE) no later than December.
Ain’t I lucky? I decided to do an absolutely fresh installation of Firefox 7 and would obviously have to reinstall my extensions and skins. The thing is, none of the extensions will download. This is making me sad, as Firefox has got some excellent extensions. Let’s hope that Mozilla fixes the issue soon as it has been several hours now. Click the image to witness my misery!
Update: Check Wicket’s link below for further clarification. Thanks, Wicket.
After several Beta builds, Mozilla has announced everyone’s anticipated, Firefox 7.0 Final release.
To address recent (and not so) complaints, Firefox 7 has drastically reduced its memory usage and fixed several stability issues. In addition to that, Mozilla’s open source web browser also includes a few new features:
Users and developers cited a number of reasons why consumers might want to use the less frequent Extended Support Release (ESR) builds that were announced recently. These include problems with extensions unable to keep up with the six week cadence, and a desire for fewer updates on machines they support for family and friends.
The ESR Firefox may also be just “good enough” for many users, one Mozilla developer argued.
The reason I expect a lot of users to switch to these ESR builds is not because they want extensions to work or because of any one issue that we can fix in the future. It’s simply because Firefox works ‘good enough’ right now and they don’t want to have to deal with change. – Cheng Wang on the mozilla.planning.dev discussion group
Remember how Mozilla rejected the faster Firefox release schedule (it was posted yesterday)? Well, here’s a new proposal and it goes like this: the Firefox release pace for enterprises is to be significantly slowed down. This should make corporate IT quite a bit happier.
If the proposal is adopted, Mozilla will deliver a new version of Firefox to enterprises every 30 weeks. That is five times slower than to consumers. During each 30 week stretch, Mozilla would issue only security updates for the browser. In addition, each enterprise edition would be supported for an additional 12 weeks after the release of its successor, assuring companies 42 weeks of support for each version. Continue Reading
A pitch to accelerate Firefox’s rapid release schedule even further i.e. shipping a new version every five weeks, was rejected by Mozilla. The proposal, made by Mozilla engineering manager Josh Aas last week, would have cut weeks from the current scheme.
Moving to a five week cycle would mean a fix going into mozilla central would get to users three weeks faster. That’s a big deal. It’s an upgrade in responsiveness that we can’t afford to pass on if we can pull it off. - Josh Aas, Mozilla engineering manager, on the mozilla.dev.planning forum
Makes life easier for the browser programmers.
Earlier this week, Ian Hickson, author of the Acid3 test has informed community about the update. According to the source, specific implementation checks of features have been disabled as they are likely to be heavily modified in the future or completely removed.
As a result, Firefox 6 and Internet Explorer 9 web browsers now achieves a perfect 100/100 score.
[Thanks, Blake, RamaSubbu SK]
Mike Shaver, the founding member of Mozilla in 1998, has decided to leave everyone’s beloved organization.
As far as the future holds, Mike has not yet though about that, as he wrote: “I haven’t yet decided what’s next, though I have some exciting opportunities to explore. I am still truly, madly, deeply in love with Mozilla and the web it is building, and grateful for the opportunities that it’s created for me,”