The official release date for Firefox 8 final version is 8th November. However, you can download the exact same final version of Firefox 8 as of today from Mozilla’s FTP servers. Download links can be found below.
I have had the opportunity to play with the new Firefox 8 and I’ve seen a couple of new things included with the new version.
This is because Firefox 8 comes with a new feature for tabs loading. I call it “Lazy Tabs”. Here’s what that means.
When you start your Firefox, (if you’ve set the option to load tabs from last time), instead of waiting for all tabs to load simultaneously, Firefox starts loading only one tab (the one you see), and the rest of them are waiting for you to activate them, one by one, when you need them.
So when you click at one of them, that one starts loading.
Up until now, there was a Firefox Add-on, BarTab, that enabled this functionality in older versions, but now you don’t need it anymore.
You don’t need to go to Twitter to conduct message searches. Now you can choose Twitter to be one of the default search engines for Firefox, and you can conduct your searches right from within Firefox 8.
Google, Yahoo, Bing and others are still available if you prefer using them. You can set your default search engine at the top-right side of Firefox, near the address bar, as shown in the screenshot above.
This means that all add-ons that are installed by external applications must be explicitly switched on by the user. That’s a great thing, and let me tell you why.
For example, when you install a software, and it comes with a certain browser toolbar that tries to install itself automatically and without your permission, it will be stopped in its tracks.
This is a minor change, but still, it makes it easier to check Downloads history since now it can be accessed through opening browsing History panel from the menu.
It is no longer needed to open a separate window to see Downloads history. You can find everything right inside the History panel, as you can see in the screenshot below.
Remember, this below is the link to Mozilla’s FTP server where they store the final release of Firefox 8. The official links will be available on November 8th.
Download Firefox 8 here. (Firefox Setup 8.0.exe)