Within 40 days of releasing the final version of Firefox 6, Mozilla has made available the final version of Firefox 7 with host of improvements and hardly any new features. Firefox 7 comes less than six weeks after the release of Firefox 6.
Memory Improvements: Your Mileage May Vary
The Firefox 7 team says that the latest version of the browser uses less memory, a reduction of anywhere between 20% and 50%. In a blog post at Mozilla Hacks, Firefox developer Nicholas Nethercote details the memory improvements. He says the benefits will be most noticeable for users that:
- Keep Firefox open for a long time
- Have many tabs open at once
- Use Firefox for Windows
- View pages with lots of text
- Use Firefox while also using other memory-intensive programs
For Mac users, Firefox 7 is still no match for Google Chrome, at least when it comes to memory usage. To be fair, Apple’s own browser, Safari, has memory performance issues with OS X Lion, and Firefox 7 could perform better in Mac OS X 10.6 or earlier. Firefox has historically had better Windows performance, especially when it comes to memory usage, and we expect those are the users that will really see the benefits.
Download Firefox 7
Download: Firefox 7.0 for Windows | 13.8 MB (Freeware)
Download: TFirefox 7.0 for Linux | 15.5 MB
Download: Firefox 7.0 for MacOS | 31.5 MB