Mozilla rolls out Firefox 8

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Mozilla has officially rolled out Firefox 8 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. 

The update boasts new features designed to facilitate easier web browsing, while offering users more control over their online experience.

For example, Twitter is now included as a search option, while tabs can be loaded on demand via the FF menu under Options/Preferences, in the General tab.

FireFox 8 also introduces a default security crackdown against third-party apps, some of which are notorious for installing/embedding themselves in the browser without permission.

As such, third-party add-ons are automatically disabled in FF8; however, users can choose to enable the ones they want to keep.



As expected, the latest iteration of Firefox boasts a host of goodies for devs, such as support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), which lets developers load WebGL textures from other domains in a secure way.



In addition, simple HTML5 markup helps Firefox Web devs customize the options users have in the right click menu - and saves them from having to build their own.

Finally, Mozilla debuted a new version of Firefox for Android, which allows users to add icons for any bookmarked website or Web app to the home screen - which can then be launched with a single touch.

The most recent Firefox browser for Android also includes a master password feature to protect saved usernames and passwords stored on a lost or stolen smartphone.