The Firefox team seems to be on fire, making a string of releases so much so that add-ons and extensions are simply struggling to keep up. Firefox 8 is available for download and includes updates and a couple of top features namely Twitter search integration and additional security with better control of third party add-ons.
The popularity of Firefox as a web browser has been powered by its ability to load speedily with pre-loaded add-ons. However, there has been a danger of third party add-ons cluttering the interface, slowing down the browser, incompatibility, and inability to keep up with security updates.
There are even instances where you download third-party software and discover that certain unwanted add-ons have found their way in the browser without your permission. Firefox 8 has been designed to give users the power to choose or enable which add-ons are users need and which ones they don’t. When Firefox opens and discovers that a program has installed an add-on, the add-on will be disabled. Users will be prompted to activate the add-on or cancel/ignore it.
The next big update in Firefox 8 is that users can now do a Twitter search as well and discover trending topics, #hashtags and @usernames from within the browser Search box. Twitter search is currently available in English, Slovenian, Japanese, and Portuguese with more language support coming in future releases.
Download Links for Firefox 8
What do you think of the latest Firefox release? I for one am not too happy that my most frequently used add-ons are incompatible with the new update and many of my automated tasks are turning manual now. Share your views on Firefox’s speedy releases using our comments form.