Firefox 8 (Yes, 8) Is Getting A Massive Speed Boost

You might be annoyed by all the constant updates to Firefox ever since they switched to a rapid release schedule a la Chrome, but the team must be doing something right.

The speed test results are in and Firefox 8 is 20% faster than Firefox 5, meaning the browser is on par with Google Chrome in terms of performance.

This speed increase applies to nearly every metric that matters: start up, session restore, first paint, JavaScript execution, and even 2D canvas and 3D WebGL rendering

As an added kicker, Firefox 8 uses less memory than version 7

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/firefox-8-speed-2011-7