Firefox 7.. on the run

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Mozilla has announced the release of Firefox 7 into the Aurora Channel.

the latest developer preview is “focused on delivering performance enhancements and optimizing memory utilization”, addressing a problem that long-time users of the open source browser have been complaining about for ages.

New in Firefox Aurora:

  • Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • Optimized Memory Use:
    • Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced
    • The JavaScript garbage collector runs frequently to free up more memory when Firefox is idle
  • Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly
  • Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp

New platform features and developer tools:

  • Telemetry: Users can opt-in for automatic memory usage, performance testing and reporting to help improve future versions Firefox
  • Web timing spec: Measure performance characteristics of websites as users experience them
  • Azure Direct2D for Canvas: Canvas-based animations on the Web are dramatically faster
  • Support for CSS3 Text-Overflow: ellipsis: New and more elegant way to display text content that has overflowed its given layout area.

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