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Mozilla Finally Brings Multi-process And 64-bit Firefox

As blogged earlier after Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, our beloved Firefox web-browser is also coming with multi-process support. To make things even sweeter Mozilla has also announced an official 64bit version of the web-browser for Windows OS, although this was unofficially available as Waterfox.

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Multiprocess Firefox For Better Security And Performance

Internet Explorer 8 was the very first web-browser to utilize separate processes followed by Google Chrome, the separation of UI and multiple “content” processes to host web-content results in better security and performance. Using separate content processes allows them to be properly sandboxed enhancing security and will also result in better UI responsiveness as the browser UI would not be affected by poor performance of content processes.

Although the underlying Gecko platform on which Firefox runs supports multiple processes, the Firefox frontend is not designed to use them. Work to make the frontend support multiple processes began in early 2013, and fruits of the work are now available in Nightly builds of the browser. The new multi-process Firefox will make it a more stable web-browser, a crash in “content” process will not kill the entire browser and will show something like below telling which tab crashed allowing them to be reloaded.

Multiprocess Firefox

Mozilla Firefox 20 Released With Sleek Download Manager, Per-window Private Browsing and Ability To Close Hanging Plugins

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.

Mozilla Firefox 20

WaterFox - The 64 Bit Optimized Build Of Firefox

While there is no x64 Bit build of "Google Chrome", in my quest to look for a performance oriented 64bit native web-browser I found variations of "Mozilla Firefox" specifically optimized and compiled for 64 Bit Windows OS. Both WaterFox and PaleMoon forks features an x64 optimized firefox version for download, but since WaterFox optimizations are "only targeted" towards 64bit systems I tested Firefox x86 (32 Bit) Vs WaterFox x64 and the results are as follows.

Firefox 32 Bit Vs WaterFox 64 Bit

Download Speedy Firefox 9 Beta With Exciting New Features

Mozilla Firefox 8 Final got released just days ago and now it's time for Firefox 9 Beta for Windows, Mac, Linux and Android. Packed with exciting new features like Type Inference to make JavaScript significantly faster, Mac OS X Lion native application toolbar and icon styling, ability to developers to detect if a user has opted to use "Do Not Track privacy feature" via javascript, and chunked XHR support helping developers make websites and Web apps faster, especially one's that download large sets of data or via AJAX - the new Firefox 9 seems to good on features.


Firefox 9

Download Mozilla Firefox 8 Final

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.


Firefox 8

Download Mozilla Firefox 7 With Faster Web Browsing And Optimized Memory Management

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).

Firefox 6 Vs Firefox 7 Memory Consumption On Same Load (Click image for a larger version)

Firefox 6 Vs Firefox 7 Memory Consumption Comparison

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.

Download Firefox 6 Final And Firefox 7 Beta 1

Firefox Logo MediumMozilla 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.

Firefox URL Highlight Feature

Firefox 6 Final claims to provide better startup-speed, memory-consumption and performance to it's predecessors, the release also feature numerous fixes and fortify's overall browser security. The other release Firefox 7 Beta 1 (Beta Channel) features major memory optimizations by incorporating Mozilla's MemShrink optimizations and better Javascript garbage collector, Firefox 7 will also feature tools to help developers measure load times and offer faster Synchronization of bookmarks and passwords.

Click "Read More" link to access direct download links for both Firefox 6 Final and Firefox 7 Beta 1.

Firefox 5 Now Available For Download

While the official announcement of Mozilla Firefox 5 Final release is still not made, as happened in the past the Firefox 5 Final release build is already available on official Mozilla FTP servers, open to public access. The official scheduled date for Firefox 5 launch is after two days on 21st June, but the download is now online so nobody is stopping us to enjoy it before release date.

Mozilla Firefox 5

Direct download links for Firefox 5 Windows, Linux and Mac versions, change-log and a memory usage comparison to Firefox 4 posted after the jump.

Download Firefox 4 Before Official Release Tomorrow

Final build for Mozilla's major update of their web-browser Firefox 4 will officially get revealed on 22 March, but as expected the build had already made it's way to Mozilla's official FTP servers and can be downloaded right now.

For users with the older version of the web-browser, Firefox 4 brings in lots of new features, the most notable being a completely revamped new streamlined user interface, enhanced performance, support for newest open Web technologies, hardware acceleration, jet-powered JaegerMonkey JavaScript engine, built-in Sync, restartless add-ons, and Panorama workspace management.

Firefox 4 Final

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