Firefox 3.7 to bring Windows 7 jumplist support

By on October 6, 2009, 6:28 PM
With Windows 7's debut right around the corner, program developers are working to fine tune their software for Microsoft's latest operating system. In addition to the other interface tweaks and new features, Windows 7's revamped taskbar is probably the first thing that will catch your eye. Icons on the bar now have "jump lists" that offer quick access to things unique to each application. For instance, a Microsoft Word jump list displays all of the recently opened documents.

Many programs have yet to make use of this feature. Google Chrome added jump list support some time back, and an upcoming release of Mozilla Firefox will as well. Firefox build 3.7 utilizes jump lists by maintaining a list of frequently visited websites, and allows you to open a new tab or window. If that sounds like your cup of tea, you can download an incomplete pre-release build here at your own risk -- if it's any consolation, Download Squad reports that the build was pretty stable for them after 24 hours of use.

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Guest said:

The more I see it the more it looks like my old Amiga with the latest OS build :-P

Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Jumplists have been a god send for opening files recursively on Notepad, Word and Excel for me so far. I wouldn't know about Firefox, perhaps it will be just as practical. The thing about Firefox is that I happen to have it opened 95% of the time anyway.

Guest said:

I've downloaded and installed Firefox 3.7 with Jumplist Support. No changes comparing with the usual Minefield. Is this new feature only operative on Windows 7?

Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Is this new feature only operative on Windows 7

Mozilla has added jump list *support*, not jump lists themselves. For Firefox to have jump lists, an operating system that offers them is required. In this case, Windows 7 is the only one.

Guest said:

Hi Rick,

Many thanks for your answer!

I'll have to wait till I get Windows 7 and try again then.

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