It wasn’t long before Mozilla decided to switch their Firefox versioning system. We see these days that Firefox version numbers are growing pretty fast. On my machine I currently have Firefox 7 installed. I never knew I had version 7 if you consider the fact as an avid Linux user I tend to update my system consciously via the command terminal.
Mozilla announced today the official release of Firefox 8, a new version of the popular open source Web browser. The modest update introduces a few new features and brings a number of minor improvements to the browser’s underlying HTML renderer.
The built-in search box in Firefox’s navigation toolbar has been extended to support Twitter searches. Users can now select Twitter from the drop-down list of available search engines. Mozilla partnered with Twitter earlier this year to release a special build of Firefox that ties into the social network. The search box integration from that custom build is now part of the official Firefox release.
Another noteworthy user-facing feature in Firefox 8 is stricter control over side-loaded add-ons. Mozilla is cracking down on third-party applications that install add-ons in Firefox without the user’s knowledge or permission.
Users can download Firefox 8 from Mozilla’s website. The new version will also be rolled out to users through the stable update channel.