Firefox 8.0 Beta 3

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

Changelog for Firefox 8.0:

  • Add-ons installed by third party programs are now disabled by default
  • Added a one-time add-on selection dialog to manage previously installed add-ons
  • Added Twitter to the search bar
  • Added a preference to load tabs on demand, improving start-up time when windows are restored
  • Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs
  • Improved performance and memory handling when using
  • Added CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL
  • Added support for HTML5 context menus
  • Added support for insertAdjacentHTML
  • Improved CSS hyphen support for many languages
  • Improved WebSocket support
  • Fixed several stability issues

Download: Firefox 8.0 Beta 3 | ~14 MB (Freeware)
View: Release Notes
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This is strange I just installed FireFox 8 Beta 5 an dthey removed the following improvment from Beta 4

"Improved tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs"

I was very happy to see this improved in Beta 4. Why was it removed in Beta 5?

I haope it wil be changed back!!!

I used Firefox from 3.0 all the way to 7.0 Now I'm using Chrome and while the adblock is not quite as great, the features (big and small) Chrome offers over FF are too nice to pass up.

Kyle A said,
I used Firefox from 3.0 all the way to 7.0 Now I'm using Chrome and while the adblock is not quite as great, the features (big and small) Chrome offers over FF are too nice to pass up.

I have the same feelings about Firefox over Chrome. Using ten tabs or so in Chrome is great, but after getting up to about eighteen tabs it starts feeling cluttered. So, Firefox panorama feature is a great. Plus, Firefox seems to have a bigger selections of add-ons, some of which I can't live without. The memory usage is bad but I've learned to live with it.

Kyle A said,
I used Firefox from 3.0 all the way to 7.0 Now I'm using Chrome and while the adblock is not quite as great, the features (big and small) Chrome offers over FF are too nice to pass up.

Chrome...features? What are you talking about?

SK[ said,]

I agree, but that's why i use it, its fast!

It depends on your definition of fast. Scrolling on quite a few sites is VERY laggy, something Firefox, IE9, or Opera experience.

warwagon said,

Yep, they started Version number padding.


Its called a time-based release cycle. They aren't just padding numbers.

Funniest line

"Improved performance and memory handling when using"

lol.. whoever wrote that obviously needs help with their memory handling.

Everyone uses the Web differently

And that is probably the only reason why Firefox will be the default on my machines for a long time still.