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September 28, 2011 / David Bleeker

Speedier Firefox 7 Uses Less Memory

Mozilla has released Firefox 7. Thanks to the faster release cycle, Firefox 7 comes just six weeks after Firefox 6 and brings some significant speed boosts that make it well worth the upgrade.

If you’d like to take Firefox 7 for a spin, head over to the Mozilla downloads page. Current Firefox users will be automatically updated to the latest version.

Firefox 7 sees as much as a 50 percent reduction in memory use, which is great news for those that frequently have a lot of tabs open or leave Firefox running for long periods of time.

The shrinking memory footprint is part of Mozilla’s ongoing effort to reduce Firefox’s memory use. This is the first release to benefit from the MemShrink project, as it’s known. Those who’ve been using the Nightly or Aurora channels know that even more memory improvements are on their way in Firefox 8 and 9. [read more]

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