Mozilla offers add-on controls with Firefox 8

Mozilla has released Firefox 8, bringing integrated Twitter search and add-on controls to the open-source browser.

Firefox flipped to a faster release schedule in the spring, and version 7 of the browser arrived at the end of September.

Mozilla noted that third-party software sometimes installs add-ons to the browser without asking. “At Mozilla, we think you should be in control, so we are disabling add-ons installed by third parties without your permission and letting you pick the ones you want to keep,” it said in a Mozilla blog post.

The new Twitter feature will let desktop users search via hashtags and usernames directly via the browser, while a new tab feature will make it easier to restore windows with multiple tabs.

Firefox 8 extends support for WebGL and fixes six security flaws, three of which were rated critical. It also updated Firefox for Android, offering a new password-management system.

Firefox 8 can be downloaded here.

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