Mozilla gets tough on Firefox memory usage
17-03-2012

Firefox has beenproviding the benefits of an open source browser for over 7 years. It has been a highly functional, modern, multi-platform browser which is both friendly with W3C web standards and supported by plugins.


Since version 1.5 of Firefox, the browser has been experiencing a high memory consumption and the results exceed those of its direct competitors in the browser race. This handicap is particularly acute in the case of multiple tabs open or certain plugins (Flash).


Since Firefox 7, the Mozilla team has been working to correct the high memory consumption of Firefox. Results suggest that no significant progress has been made and that their rival, Chorme is better placed in terms of memory usage.

Firefox 13 is working on a program called Memshrink, of which little is yet known, but the first results indicate that it is able to show improved results. (from 2 to 3 times memory reduction with 18 open tabs.


Firefox 13 final is expected to be released after June 5. It will also includes a new interface, silent updates, integration with web applications and new page tabs.


It is expected that this solution will be laying the groundwork for a recovery in user numbers, after poor results last year, which have pushed Chrome close to overtaking Mozilla.