Firefox 8 released – twitter integrated into the search bar.



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.