Firefox 7, faster, less resource consumption, better

If you’re one of those who use the Mozilla Firefox browser, you’re in luck. Firefox has been updated to version 7 which, among its main new features, features better memory management and a significant increase in the browser’s overall speed.

That’s right, we already have a new version of the Mozilla Foundation’s browser, Firefox 7 is ready to download or upgrade. In my case I was using Aurora (the version of Firefox with the latest nightly builds ) but I think I’ll move to the more stable branch now that it incorporates the best resource management, making tests I have to say that at least on my computer, Aurora worked a little better (using less CPU and even less memory) that the same Opera Next .

Firefox 7, faster, less resource consumption, better
Firefox 7, faster, less resource consumption, better

But let’s stop talking about my personal choice of browser and focus on the new features of FF 7 .

What’s new in Firefox 7

In addition to the expected reduction in RAM consumption, these are the announced novelties:

  • Added background rendering to accelerate page rendering on the Windows platform.
  • Almost instantaneous update of bookmarks and password changes using Firefox Sync.
  • The “http” prefix of the URLs is hidden by default (it can be seen with some difficulty in the image illustrating the article).
  • Added support for the CSS property “text-overflow:ellipsis” (the other possible parameter is clip).
  • Support for the W3C Web Timing specification (This specification defines an interface for web applications to access time information related to navigation and elements).
  • Improved support for MathML (Mathematical Markup Language).
  • The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to 8.
  • Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox.
  • Correction of errors, 1,227 if I haven’t miscounted.
  • Vulnerability correction (8 critical, 2 high and 2 moderate)

As you can see, there are many new features in this new version of the red panda, although it is perhaps true that the continuous increase in version leads users to headlong, in this version of Firefox 7, although the external aspect has been touched little, the new features internally justify this jump in version.

Walking to Firefox 8

As I said at the beginning of the article, I’ve been using Aurora and in that version they’ve been going for version 8 of the browser for some time now. Without a doubt Firefox will continue to evolve, as this update shows more and more people from the foundation put the focus on accepting new standards and improving the performance of their application. And the fact is that browsers such as Chrome have hit the red panda very hard, if you want to survive, if you want to continue maintaining or even increasing the market share acquired, the way forward is to maintain a good level of updates, like this one, Firefox 7.
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