Firefox 4 beta | New features & Available Now for Download

Firefox 4 is finally here although still in beta version 1, still has minor stability warnings and will probably be quite buggy till it reaches public beta, however the Mozilla team came up with a great new design, some updated HTML 5 support and new features to enhance your browsing experience.

Let us take a preview on whats new in Firefox 4:

  • Ultimately navigations are easier as tabs are now on top by default on Windows only – OSX and Linux, guys please be patient as theme changes are  to support your current OS.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • New Addons Manager and extension management API (UI will be changed before final release) provides an easier way to manage your add-ons and discover new options for personalizing your browsing; add-ons loads inside tabs instead of opening in another window. (below)

  • 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.
  • New HTML5 parser.
  • Support for more HTML5 form controls.

Developers can find out about all the changes and new features at the Mozilla Developer Center.

* Get the latest Firefox 4 beta ver. 1 Now | Download links

So what do you think of the new Firefox 4? Is it a good or bad re-design?

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