Firefox 15 Brings Background Updates, Less Memory Usage

Firefox 15 has been released, and in addition to making me feel old, it brings some new features and improvements to Mozilla’s beloved browser. Firefox will now use background updating, much like Chrome, to seamlessly and invisibly update in the background as you go about your business. It will update as often as it always did, but you won’t be bothered with it, and whenever you restarted Firefox, you’ll simply be starting the new version.

I switched to Google Chrome a long time ago thanks to Firefox’s memory leak problems. I use a lot of add-ons and after a while Firefox just became unusable. Mozilla has been working on that issue for some time now and Firefox 15 looks like it could be the first step in fixing it for good. I won’t get into the technical details because chances are they’ll be incomprehensible to both you and I, but the important thing is that this latest edition of Firefox effectively combats that problem.

There are also some improvements and additions to the developer’s tools, but easily the most significant change to Firefox 15 is the reduction in memory use. It may be time to give Mozilla’s baby another spin.

via Webmonkey

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