Mozilla Releases Firefox 8.0

The folks at Mozilla have released a new major version, 8.0, of their Firefox browser for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.  The new version incorporates a number of changes, including:

  • Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
  • Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored (that is, you will not have to wait for all tabs to be loaded  to access just one of them)

There are also improvements in support for a number of new HTML 5 elements, performance enhancements, and a number of security fixes.  More information is available in the Release Notes.

You can obtain the new version via the built-in update mechanism, or you can download a complete installation package, in a variety of (human) languages.

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