Firefox Graduates to Version 9 Silently, Official Download Coming Tomorrow

Over the last year, Firefox has been pushed around, bashed and ridiculed for its losing market share, crispness and fans. However, Mozilla released one Firefox version after another, without deviating from their original plan. Finally, we are at the end of 2011, and in this version-number rat race, Firefox went from version 4 to version 7, as laid out in the plan for the Firefox 2011 roadmap. However, what excites me is that Mozilla has gone an extra mile, ahead of the roadmap and has released Firefox version 9, just before Christmas! Firefox 9 is crisp, smooth and has a better user-interaction. It is the perfect gift from the Mozilla Firefox team to all Firefox fans.

Perhaps the biggest improvement in Firefox 9, is the implementation of type-inference in JaegerMonkey, the JavaScript rendering engine of Firefox. This improves Firefox’s JavaScript rendering engine by 20% to 30%, putting it back in the game.  Apart from this, Firefox 9 has added stability fixes, 2-finger swipe-navigation for Mac OS X Lion, better theme support in Mac OS X Lion and improved HTML5 and CSS3 support.  Some users are also claiming a smaller memory footprint, though I have not been able to verify that in my 30 minutes of usage. In the roadmap  proposed at the beginning of this year, the plan was laid out into seven points.

  1. Ship Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the 2011 calendar year
  2. Always respond to a user action within 50 ms
  3. Never lose user data or state
  4. Build Web Apps, Identity and Social into the Open Web Platform
  5. Support new operating systems and hardware
  6. Polish the user experience for common interaction tasks
  7. Plan and architect for a future of a common platform on which the desktop and mobile products will be built and run Web Apps

With a rapid release and development cycle, Firefox has come a long way from being sluggish. For more details on the new features, take a look at the  Firefox Version 9 changelog.  The download page for Firefox will be updated with Firefox 9 tomorrow, but you can grab it ahead of the release, for Windows, Linux and Mac.

(via: slashdot)

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.