Firefox 8.0 Released (Desktop and Android)

Mozilla has released the next version of Firefox on November 8, 2011 with Firefox 8.0 for both desktop and Android. Firefox 7.0.1 desktop users can update via Help > About Firefox, while Android users will either be notified of an available update or can go into to the Market, select My Apps from the Menu and update Firefox that way. Users can also manually update via

Lots of new stuff in Firefox 8.0 as we mentioned earlier this week. Here’s a list of What’s New:

  • 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 Twitter to the search bar for select locales. Additional locale support will be added in the future
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
  • Improved performance and memory handling when using <audio> and <video> elements
  • Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
  • Added support for HTML5 context menus
  • Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
  • Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
  • Improved WebSocket support
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues

The next major Firefox release will be Firefox 9.0 schedule for December 20, 2011.

2 Comments on Firefox 8.0 Released (Desktop and Android)

  1. Not a FF8 question… I see this in FF 7.0.1 too.

    When I have multiple tabs open, if I go to a new tab and I select a URL from the drop-down, it does a “Switch to tab” rather than opening the URL in the tab.

    I can see how this would come in handy (if I have lots and lots of tabs open, just use the drop-down to switch to the tab that is already open), but since I rarely have that many tabs open, it is more common for me that I want to open that page in a second tab.

    Is there a control I can alter that disables “Switch to Tab”?

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