Mozilla Firefox 20 Released With Sleek Download Manager, Per-window Private Browsing and Ability To Close Hanging PluginsSubmitted by admin on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 07:01
Mozilla released the final stable version of Firefox 20 for both Desktop and Android platforms. The new Firefox update features a new minimalistic, streamlined, panel-based download manager, along with H.264 decoding on the 'video' tag, and per-window private browsing (per-tab private browsing on Android). Apart, from these new features the update features performance improvements around common browser tasks (like page-load, downloads and shutdown), improved HTML5 support and bug-fixes. Do watch the video demonstration of the new "toolbar integrated" download manager and per-window private browsing feature with download links posted after the image below.
Firefox high memory consumption is one of the biggest challenges this popular, open-source project, has faced in tough browser wars, while there have been quite a few attempts to make the web-browser optimized with forks and utilities and Mozilla foundation even addressed the "memory leakage" issue with targeted efforts like MemShrink - the results were promising but nothing very exciting.
Enter "Firemin" - the free, handy, little, portable application which magically shrinked my Firefox memory usage times within seconds (see comparison picture below) of launching. You simply launch the application and it eliminates all Firefox memory leaks, including the one's caused by extensions.
Mozilla adapted the Google Chrome styled "rapid release cycle" and sticking to the policy has released the "Firefox 8 Final" for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android within two months of Firefox 7 Final release. The major version update includes new features to make Web browsing easier, providing users and developers more control over how they customize their Web experience.
Mozilla Firefox 7 Final is out now and feature's the much awaited MemShrink memory optimizations to the popular web-browser, the new update to Firefox 6 brings an overall faster browsing experience to users by offering faster speeds when opening new tabs, enhanced performance when lots of tabs are open and during long Web browsing sessions that last hours or days, more responsive clicking on menu items and buttons on websites, lower memory consumption (see comparison between Firefox 6 and Firefox 7 before and after update with same tabs and load).
Apart from the memory and speed enhancements - this release also features new tools which are designed to make it easier for developers to build speedy Web experiences for users. A new version of hardware-accelerated Canvas, W3C navigation timing spec API (allowing developers to measure page load time and other related crucial factors) and a brand new Telemetry tool to collect performance data across userbase for improving the browser performance further are also included.
Mozilla has adopted the Rapid-release strategy with new major browser version number release channels for each version (alpha, beta and stable) of it's Firefox web-browser, sticking to the plan Mozilla has made Firefox 6 Final (stable channel) and Firefox 7 Beta 1 (Beta Channel) available publicly to Windows, Mac and Linux users.
Click "Read More" link to access direct download links for both Firefox 6 Final and Firefox 7 Beta 1.
Mozilla has posted very first mockups of Firefox 4.0 on Windows, the new mockups proposes two designs one including top-tabs similar to Google Chrome and the other one similar to existing design minus some buttons and new location bar, in both the designs the main aim seems pretty clear and that is to save some space, I hope the Google Chrome style made it to final release.