Firefox 7 For Mac Is Released, Get It Now To Cure Firefox Of Its Memory Bloat!

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I pity the fool company who is fighting Apple’s iPhone 5 event announcement with a new product launch or software update today, but we certainly couldn’t let this pass unmentioned. In keeping with their new, more aggressive release cycle, Mozilla has just released Firefox 7 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

What’s new? Speed! Mozilla claims they’ve finally fixed Firefox’s notorious inefficiency in handling memory. Hurrah!

As part of their new release cycle, Mozilla’s not exactly cramming in a lot of new features with each release, and Firefox 7 is no exception. That said, I think Mozilla’s focusing on the right thing here

Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% less. In particular, Firefox 7′s memory usage will stay steady if you leave it running overnight, and it will free up more memory when you close many tabs.

This means that Firefox 7 is faster (sometimes drastically so) and less likely to crash, particularly if you have many websites open at once and/or keep Firefox running for a long time between restarts.

According to Lifehacker, Firefox 7 is the second fastest browser out there after Opera when it comes to performance. As a Chrome user who abandoned Firefox because of its bloat issues, maybe it’s time for me to give Mozilla’s alternative browser another shot… or finally switch over to Opera.

You can download Firefox 7 for Mac here.

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  • fleabee

    no full screen support? boooo

  • TannerBott

    you would think they would have added full screen support and personally i would have wanted the scroll bars to disappear like they do in safari

  • Diogo Lemos Guimarães

    No Fullscreen support, No hidden scrollbar, no two-fingers swipes … I’ll stay with chrome for now!

  • Mike Rathjen

    Firefox is certainly getting faster at one particular thing…it is breaking plug-in compatibility much more often now.

  • David

    If you want the speed and full screen support, I’d try Opera. 

  • Hilmi Hamidi

    Well at least they focus on performance first. I think we have to wait until version 9 for it to be fully Lion compatible.

  • David Maloney

    Also released tenfourfox 7.0, the community build for PowerPC macs. Screamingly fast on your older PowerPC hardware. Yes, there are still quite a few of us out here rocking the RISC.

  • Albert

    Much slower than Opera–after the third tab is opened Firefox struggles.

  • cleancutmedia

    at this rate, by mid next year they’ll be on firefox 23

  • jescott418

    I tried it on my Macbook Air and was not very impressed. The UI looked cheap, and the Fonts for the tabs did not look right in OS X. I just did not get the impression that it was a very polished version for Mac’s. Other observations were that it was faster, it did attempt to have a minimalist UI and yet I found page loading slow at times, while other times it was very fast. The loading was always fast but I had some sites that Firefox seemed almost confused by. As it paused sometimes before loading page.