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Firefox 7 Beta Released, Promises Reduced Memory Usage

Open source software maker Mozilla has dished out the first beta version of Firefox 7, which is scheduled to be released on September 27.

Mozilla, which released Firefox 6 to the public a few days ago, revealed that the Firefox 7 beta comes with Memshrink, a technology which will reduce the memory usage of the web browser by around 50 percent.

The Firefox 6 was not a major release for Mozilla in terms of features delivered to end-users but enhanced only some of the existing features.

The new beta is available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux operating system platforms and beta users will be automatically updated, Mozilla said.

“Firefox 7 uses less memory than Firefox 6 (and 5 and 4): often 20% to 30% less, and sometimes as much as 50% less. In particular, Firefox 7's memory usage will stay steady if you leave it running overnight, and it will free up more memory when you close many tabs." Nicholas Nethercote, who worked on the Memshrink feature with Mozilla wrote in a blog post.

According to the company, the new beta, apart from using less memory than its predecessors, also improves the performance of the web browser, including start-up time, page load time and responsiveness.

Interested users may download the beta from here.