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Firefox 8 Release Candidate Published for Download

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Mozilla has elevated the most recent Firefox 8 Beta to release candidate status.

A new version of Firefox is on the way. Version 8, the fifth new release of the browser this year, will be released next Monday and is now available as a release candidate build (Mozilla now considers its final beta builds release candidates).

With no more changes, except critical bug fixes, to be expected, the latest Firefox will arrive with Twitter search, tab tweaks and greater restrictions for third-party add-ons, which will make Firefox 8 a must-upgrade.

In Firefox 8, restored tabs will only load the active tab in a new session. All other tabs will be loaded when viewed by the user. Tab dragging is now represented by an animated tabbed and not just a simple line. Third party add-ons such as toolbars will be much more guarded in Firefox 8 as they cannot run without the user's explicit permission anymore. This should prevent at least some breakage in the browser that is caused by outdated or unwanted add-ons.

Not included in this version is the much anticipated silent upgrade feature in Firefox that will work similarly to the process Google is using with Chrome. Mozilla expects this feature to be available in Firefox 10.

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    makaveli316 , November 4, 2011 7:51 PM
    ashaneFirefox really is turning into a slow old age campaigner! Chrome is now SO much faster!ashanehttp://minikillersite.blogspot.com/


    I bet you can't even notice the speed difference in a real world performance, but you saw some benchmark with milliseconds of a difference and now you're saying that Chrome is "SO" much faster.
    Please, make the internet a favor and smash your router for good.
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    ta152h , November 4, 2011 7:24 PM
    Firefox is going to have to go 64-bit just to keep up with the version numbers.
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    nikorr , November 4, 2011 7:53 PM
    makaveli316I bet you can't even notice the speed difference in a real world performance, but you saw some benchmark with milliseconds of a difference and now you're saying that Chrome is "SO" much faster.Please, make the internet a favor and smash your router for good.

    Exactly.
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    ta152h , November 4, 2011 7:24 PM
    Firefox is going to have to go 64-bit just to keep up with the version numbers.
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    STravis , November 4, 2011 7:39 PM
    That silent feature has caused grief to a few people I knw. Maybe Firefox should stay away from it.
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    charithrac , November 4, 2011 7:42 PM
    this is a joke, is this a race to get the highest version number or something? can they not stick to one version and improve it?
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    makaveli316 , November 4, 2011 7:51 PM
    ashaneFirefox really is turning into a slow old age campaigner! Chrome is now SO much faster!ashanehttp://minikillersite.blogspot.com/


    I bet you can't even notice the speed difference in a real world performance, but you saw some benchmark with milliseconds of a difference and now you're saying that Chrome is "SO" much faster.
    Please, make the internet a favor and smash your router for good.
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    nikorr , November 4, 2011 7:53 PM
    makaveli316I bet you can't even notice the speed difference in a real world performance, but you saw some benchmark with milliseconds of a difference and now you're saying that Chrome is "SO" much faster.Please, make the internet a favor and smash your router for good.

    Exactly.
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    jacobdrj , November 4, 2011 7:56 PM
    Load time for Chrome is still a bit better...
    I pretty much live off Firefox right now, coming off of Chrome... Chrome was too buggy with gmail and google docs. I think Google revamping their gmail page may help with that, so I may be going back to Chrome... (So ironic that Google Chrome caused such a problem with Google Mail and Google Docs... Its like Google never even bothered to test their own pages with their own browser...).

    And at work: I use all browsers... From IE to Safari to Opera to FF to Chrome and sometimes beyond... Certain pages only work with certain browsers, period...
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    PhoneyVirus , November 4, 2011 8:07 PM
    That silent feature has caused grief to a few people I know. Maybe Firefox should stay away from it.

    You are so right that's why Chrome got removed I'm NOT having services running on the system for noting plus Task Scheduler loaded ether for a stupid update I let you know when I ready to update. Keep this up and I'll just use IE as you can see is still the most used browser. http://www.netmarketshare.com/
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    JOSHSKORN , November 4, 2011 8:27 PM
    Firefox should go 64-bit and end its 32-bit browser. Most computers out there now might actually be 64-bit. I haven't looked, but are they still selling computers in stores with 32-bit OS's?
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    makaveli316 , November 4, 2011 8:33 PM
    JOSHSKORNFirefox should go 64-bit and end its 32-bit browser. Most computers out there now might actually be 64-bit. I haven't looked, but are they still selling computers in stores with 32-bit OS's?


    32bit is a dying breed.
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    vittau , November 4, 2011 8:38 PM
    I can tolerate the silent updates, as long as it doesn't install unwanted crap on my computer (like Google's GoogleUpdate.exe and such).
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    math1337 , November 4, 2011 9:34 PM
    At least in firefox silent can be disabled. I chrome, silent updates CANNOT be disabled EVER!
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    ta152h , November 4, 2011 10:13 PM
    JOSHSKORNFirefox should go 64-bit and end its 32-bit browser. Most computers out there now might actually be 64-bit. I haven't looked, but are they still selling computers in stores with 32-bit OS's?


    Absolutely true, except what would the benefit be? It wouldn't be any faster, and probably a little slower. Probably take a little more memory. Probably wouldn't benefit at all from seeing more than 3.5 gbs.

    Tell me again what benefit there is for it go to 64-bit? I missed it the first time.
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2011 10:15 PM
    i can feel it. is 1/millions second faster than firefox 7. love it
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    livebriand , November 4, 2011 10:31 PM
    JOSHSKORNFirefox should go 64-bit and end its 32-bit browser. Most computers out there now might actually be 64-bit. I haven't looked, but are they still selling computers in stores with 32-bit OS's?

    Sure, every machine you'll see in stores is 64-bit now, and anything made within the past 5 years can run a 64-bit OS, but many older machines (like in the Vista days) shipped with a 32-bit one. The main issue with a 64-bit browser is that Adobe Flash was, the last time I checked, 32-bit only (there was a 64-bit beta available though). It's only a matter of time though. And remember, with a web browser, you probably don't need more than 2GB of RAM just for that. But given that many browsers (ie, chrome, but not ff) put tabs in different processes, I think it helps to get around that 2GB limit.
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    Camikazi , November 4, 2011 10:36 PM
    charithracthis is a joke, is this a race to get the highest version number or something? can they not stick to one version and improve it?

    They were doing that and some people were saying they were being left behind (even though they weren't), so they decided to follow the guide that Google set with Chrome and give each tiny little update it's own version number, so now people say they are going too fast. They just can't win.
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    daneren2005 , November 4, 2011 10:58 PM
    CamikaziThey were doing that and some people were saying they were being left behind (even though they weren't), so they decided to follow the guide that Google set with Chrome and give each tiny little update it's own version number, so now people say they are going too fast. They just can't win.

    People were complaining that they were being left behind in development, not in version numbers. You can do .1 increments for each of these new versions no problem. You would have same product just without reaching version 100 by the end of next year...
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    Vladislaus , November 4, 2011 11:44 PM
    JOSHSKORNFirefox should go 64-bit and end its 32-bit browser. Most computers out there now might actually be 64-bit. I haven't looked, but are they still selling computers in stores with 32-bit OS's?

    Most netbooks ship with a 32 bit os.
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    dreamer77dd , November 5, 2011 12:48 AM
    They bin making 64bit versions for awhile.


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    dreamer77dd , November 5, 2011 12:52 AM
    http://www.extremetech.com/computing/90546-firefox-8-x64-has-64-bit-browsing-finally-come-of-age
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    Shin-san , November 5, 2011 1:12 AM
    Screw Twitter search. Make it more stable already!
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