Search Twitter on Mozilla Firefox 8

The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox 8 is now available for download, ahead of the browser's official launch later today

The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox 8 is now available for download, ahead of the browser's official launch later today.

While the design of Mozilla Firefox 8 is similar to version 7, the biggest change will be the ability to search Twitter in the URL bar. Other expected improvements include the way tabs are reloaded after crashes.

Mozilla Firefox 8 comes just six weeks after the previous version of the open source browser, as part of the company's rapid release strategy.

The alpha version of Mozilla Firefox 9 is already available. This enables constant updates to the development of the browser before the final version of Firefox 9 is released.

According to the latest figures from browser market share monitor NetMarketShare, Microsoft's Internet Explorer currently holds 52% of the market for desktops followed by Firefox (22%) and Google's Chrome (18%). This compares to 2010, which saw a 61% share for IE, 24% for Firefox and 7.5% for Chrome.

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