Another six weeks have gone by, which means that it's time for a new Firefox release: Firefox 8.0 was moved to the stable release channel today, and it features a few more visible improvements over Firefox 7.0, which brought mostly under-the-hood updates.

Most of the user-facing changes involve add-ons: a new add-on selection dialog box is shown at first launch, giving users to option to enable and disable add-ons. Most automatically installed third-party add-ons (such as those added by Skype, Acrobat Pro, and other less legitimate programs) are now disabled by default, though they can be re-enabled manually. Add-ons installed by users will usually be unaffected by this decision, which seems to be an IE9-like effort on Mozilla's part to keep the browser running smoothly by disabling unwanted or potentially buggy add-ons.

Additionally, users who like the tabs from previous browsing sessions to load automatically can now turn on a feature in the browser's preferences that doesn't load the contents of tabs until those tabs are selected, reducing the time it takes to re-open a busy browsing session.

Lastly, heavy Twitter users may appreciate the fact that the microblogging site has now been added as a search option by default, alongside long-standing search options like Google and Wikipedia.

Under the hood, Mozilla has made performance and memory improvements when using the <audio> and <video> tags, has added support for HTML5 context menus, and has fixed security and stability issues, among a few other things. For a complete list of changes, the release notes are linked below for your convenience.

Source: Mozilla

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  • locust76 - Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - link

    And with the release of Firefox 8.0, Mozilla has broken all addons once again.
  • thestinkinggenius - Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - link

    Try using the Compatibility Reporter Add-on, it allows you to install add-ons even if they are not reported to be compatible with new versions. All of my add-ons still work with the new version.
  • jramskov - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    Damn, you have now posted this 3 times in this thread. Seriously, get a life instead of posting blatently wrong information.
  • jed22281 - Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - link

    Huh? They've rarely been in sync over the yrs.
    Tis not entirely feasible....
  • Belard - Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - link

    I head that firefox 44.0 that is coming out next year is supposed to be the best ever!
  • bigboxes - Thursday, November 10, 2011 - link

    Fanboi much? :eyeroll
  • kandrews - Friday, November 11, 2011 - link

    I upgraded to mozilla firefox 8.0 x86 en-us and every time i try to open it is says" your computer must be restarted to complete a previous upgrade of Firefox. Do you wish to reboot now"? i have rebooted several times and still no good.. i cannot even uninstalll

    any ideas

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