Mozilla has recently released the Firefox 8.0 final version and the number of changes as compared to the previous version are minimal at best. One of highly demanded features that Firefox users have been asking for a long time is the official support for 64-bit builds of the Firefox. Unfortunately, we didn’t get it yet – not even with the recent release of the Firefox 8.0. Firefox 9.0 is not expected to get this 64-bit support either. It seems from some reports that Firefox 10 might be the release when Mozilla will finally add the support for 64-bit builds. Situation is quite frustrating considering that how many users these days are using the 64-bit builds of Windows 7 (or Vista).
Luckily for us, all the Windows users on the 64-bit OS there are some third-parties that are releasing the custom compiled and highly optimized builds of the Firefox for the 64-bit Windows. Pale Moon is one such project that is currently releasing these optimized custom builds of the Firefox which are available for not only 32-bit but also 64-bit. Both types of builds are optimized for speed, efficiency but keep in mind there are some small set of features that are disabled to gain the maximum performance. There are related to accessibility and parental controls and as such not a big issue for the most users. But just a thing to keep in mind. Currently latest Pale Moon builds are only available for Firefox 7 but we can expect that Firefox 8 builds will also be added soon. In any case, as I said in the start the number of new features in Firefox 8 is underwhelming at best.
Highly optimized for modern processors
100% Firefox sourced: As safe as the browser that has seen years of development.
Uses slightly less memory because of disabled redundant and optional code
Significant speed increases for page drawing and script processing
Stability: experience fewer browser crashes.
Support for SVG and Canvas, and downloadable fonts including WOFF
Support for HTML5 and WebGL (v4+)
Support for Firefox extensions (add-ons), themes and personas
Support for OOPP (Out-of-process plugin execution)
Able to use existing Firefox profiles, bookmarks and settings with this migration tool
Head to the Pale Moon project page to download the optimized custom builds of Firefox for Windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit builds are available).
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