With an official announcement yet to be made, Firefox has gone ahead and posted the final version of Firefox 8.0 publicly, for all supported platforms, including Mac OS X.
In accordance with the release notes accompanying the newest Firefox 8.0 beta, Mozilla has done well on its promise to disable any add-ons that have been installed by third party programs.
A one-time add-on selection dialog now allows users to manage previously installed add-ons.
Another major new feature is the Twitter integration.
The popular micro-blogging service has been added to the search bar, and you can also find it in the pref pane where your search engines are listed (as shown in the screenshot below).
You also get Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Amazon.com, eBay, Wikipedia as defaults, and you can add new search engines manually, as well as manage them, and move them up and down by importance.
A new preference to load tabs on demand improves start-up time when windows are restored.
If you have Firefox set to load all tabs from your last browsing session, they won’t actually load their data until you highlight them.
This saves time for power users who know exactly how they left their work.
Tab animations when moving, reordering, or detaching tabs have been almost completely removed, or at least so it appears on Mac OS X.
Another notable improvement on the Mac front is improved performance and memory handling.
Under the hood, the browser also delivers: CORS support for cross-domain textures in WebGL; support for HTML5 context menus; support for insertAdjacentHTML; improved CSS hyphen support for many languages; improved WebSocket support; and fixed stability issues.
Notably, the Mac version of Firefox 8.0 Final still doesn’t include the Full Screen button most browsers now have on OS X Lion.
Despite performing beautifully on the Mac - compared to Opera and other browsers that crash frequently - Firefox lacks integration with many Mac-specific features still.
Mozilla is set to publicly unveil Firefox 8 final tomorrow, at which point we’re likely to learn more about what the browser brings in terms of new features, enhancements, and bug fixes.
In the meanwhile, you can grab the bits for your Macintosh computer using the link below and carry out your own preliminary tests. Download Firefox 8.0 Final for Mac OS X (Free)