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Mozilla Firefox 7 released, promises reduced memory usage

Have you been eagerly awaiting a new version of Mozilla’s popular Firefox browser? You are in luck! Mozilla has released Firefox 7 today and has promised reduced memory usage with the new browser.

Firefox 7 is reportedly using 20 to 30% less memory than before! Firefox 7 also has faster sync of passwords and bookmarks between different sessions of the browser. We also see a faster rendering of HTML5 canvas-based animations on Windows, and a new optional add-on that sends Mozilla performance data.

So what else new in Firefox 7?

  • Drastically improved memory handling for certain use cases
  • Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
  • Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
  • The ‘http://’ URL prefix is now hidden by default
  • Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
  • Added support for the Web Timing specification
  • Enhanced support for MathML
  • The WebSocket protocol has been updated from version 7 to version 8
  • Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox
  • Fixed several stability issues
  • Fixed several security issues
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