Mozilla rolled out Firefox 8 today, and one of its biggest features is its built in Twitter search.
The search is available across Mac, Windows, and Linux operating systems and, perhaps more interestingly, is available in English, Japanese, Portuguese and Slovenian with more languages to come. (Side note: I am reveling in this as a personal victory, as I love that my language is finally getting its due! Take that, Spanish!)
Firefox 8 will also be faster than previous incarnations which, if this is true, may convince me to switch back to it as my default browser. As of late I’ve been using Safari, and with my (very late) update to Snow Leopard, I now have Safari 5.1.1 which is surprisingly fast, minus its constant pinwheeling. It also comes with improved support for HTML5.
Other features include:
- A new preference that allows users to choose to load tabs at startup.
- Improved performance and memory handling when using <audio> and <video> elements.
- Stability and security fixes.
- Third-party add-ons disabled by default.
Is Firefox 8 worth the upgrade? I’ll be giving it a test run in the next couple of days, but without a serious speed improvement (and no pinwheeling, I hate pinwheeling), I don’t see myself using it exclusively.
In other technology news, Google insists that Android will remain open source, so yay for that. I’ll take that Samsung Galaxy S II now.