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Mozilla has released the beta of its latest Firefox(version 8), which includes a built-in Twitter search. In a blog post, Mozilla said Firefox 8 also allows users to choose which tabs to reload, resulting in faster startup times.

The latest Mozilla Firefox Beta is now available for testing on Windows, Mac, Linux and Android.

New features

  1. Twitter Search: Firefox Beta adds Twitter as a default search option to make searching #hashtags and @usernames easier. (Currently available in English, Portuguese and Slovenian. More languages will be added in future releases.)
  2. Tab animations: Firefox makes it easier to re-order and tear off tabs with animated tab movement.
  3. Restore tabs on demand: Users can choose to load tabs only when selected, resulting in faster start-up times when windows with lots of tabs are restored. Windows users can find this option in the Firefox Menu, under Options, on the General tab. Mac users can find this option in the Firefox Menu, under Preferences, in the General tab.
  4. HTML5 media elements: Developers can add a lot of video and audio elements to a website without impacting performance
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Thomas Oppong is the founder @Alltopstartups.