November 8, 2011
Mozilla Releases Firefox 8
Mozilla has officially released is new Firefox 8 web browser for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.
The update introduces several new features, including a built-in Twitter search option, and a new management system for its add-ons and tabs.
"This update includes new features that make Web browsing easier and give users and developers more control over how they customize their Web experience," Mozilla said in a blog post announcing the new browser.
The new browser comes just less than six weeks after Mozilla released Firefox 7.
The new Twitter integration makes it "easier to discover new topics" and is available in English, Portuguese, Slovenian and Japanese.
Firefox 8 also has a new feature that allows a user to load tabs on demand, making it faster to restore windows with many tabs.
Mozilla is also upgrading its web browser's security by disabling add-ons installed by third parties without a user's permission.
"Sometimes you download third-party software and are surprised to discover that an add-on has also installed itself in your browser without asking permission," the company said in a blog post. "At Mozilla, we think you should be in control."
It has also updated its Firefox for Android web browser, giving it new features like Master Password.
The new Master Password feature for Firefox Android allows a user to protect all saved usernames and passwords.
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