Firefox 4 Free Download Hits The Web, Beta 1 Released!
Breaking News! Mozilla has just rolled out a beta release of its profoundly-popular desktop web browser. Yes, you can now download Mozilla Firefox 4 free (beta 1 release) and give it a try to experience what’s new in Mozilla Firefox 4.0.
Interestingly, Mozilla released the Firefox 4 beta 1 just days after Opera 10.60 was officially announced and made available for download. Well, the battle for the world’s fastest browser is still on as Mozilla claims that Firefox is the world’s fastest browser.
Of course, a few days ago Opera echoed the claim for their own Opera 10.60 web browser. The very first thing you’ll notice in the update is relocation of tabs on the top and the addition of a ‘feedback’ add-on on the top-right corner of the browser.
Obviously, Mozilla intends to get you honest feedbacks right from the browser window at the cost of just a simple click to further enhance its web browser. The developer team will then work on the feedback and consider improvising the ‘world’s fastest browser’ in the terms specified by the company and requested by the users.
Here’s the official list of what’s new in Firefox 4.0 :
- Tabs are now on top by default on Windows only – OSX and Linux will be changing when the theme has been modified to support the change.
- On Windows Vista and Windows 7 the menu bar has been replaced with the Firefox button.
- You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar
- New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release)
- Significant API improvements are available for JS-ctypes, a foreign function interface for extensions.
- The stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac and Linux.
- The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you’d like).
- Crash protection for Windows, Linux, and Mac when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.
- CSS Transitions are partially supported.
- Full WebGL support is included but disabled by default at this time.
- Core Animation rendering model for plugins on Mac OS X. Plugins which also support this rendering model can now draw faster and more efficiently.
- Native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format.
- An experimental Direct2D rendering backend is available on Windows, turned off by default.
- Web developers can use Websockets for a low complexity, low latency, bidirectional communications API.
- Web developers can update the URL field without reloading the page using HTML History APIs.
- More responsive page rendering using lazy frame construction.
- Link history lookup is done asynchronously to provide better responsiveness during pageload.
- CSS :visited selectors have been changed to block websites from being able to check a user’s browsing history.
- New HTML5 parser.
- Support for more HTML5 form controls.
Reportedly, Mozilla will be launching a new beta version of Firefox 4 every two/three weeks and will apparently take assistance from your feedback in bettering it for a final release. Besides sporting a new look with redesigned tabs and buttons, the Firefox 4 beta 1 gets you a lot more interesting features.
For instance, Firefox 4 features support for HD video playback with HTML5 video using the WebM format. Also, there is improved crash protection which allows ‘uninterrupted’ browsing when a plugin crashes allowing you to resume browsing by just refreshing the web page.
Besides these, there are privacy improvements, a new add-ons manager, better performance and improved responsiveness during start-up and while rendering pages for a smoother experience. Well, all this and even more from the very first release of the Firefox 4 beta 1 download.