Finally, all Firefox channels have got updates and version number increment. After source migration for Firefox nightly 10, Firefox 8 Beta and Firefox 9 Aurora have been released. These two releases have several new features and stability fixes.
Firefox 8 Beta Features
With Firefox 8 beta, many new features have arrived to the beta channel of Firefox including a very important feature: third party add-ons are disabled by default. On first run, users are prompted to review all installed add-ons and all third-party bundled add-ons get disabled. Although, users can manually re-enable those add-ons. This feature removes all forcefully installed unwanted browser extensions, and improves browser’s performance. Read more here.
Firefox 8 beta has also got a new pre-installed search engine plug-in for Twitter. Users can use this search engine to search twitter updates, profiles and trending topics. Other features of Firefox 8 are support for HTML5 context menus, preference to load tabs on demand, improved WebSocket support, improved tab animations.
Firefox 9 Aurora Features
Firefox 8 final is scheduled to release on November 8, while the Firefox 9 may release on 20th December 2011.