Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mozilla has released Faster FireFox 4




Mozilla has released FireFox 4. You can download FireFox 4 from here.

I had just downloaded FireFox 4 and writing this post using FireFox 4. The Setup file was 11.9 MB in size.

After completing the upgrade, FireFox 4 was not able to find compatible version for many add-ons. So, it had to disable many add-ons including LiveHttp header add-on.

So, don't upgrade to firefox 4 immediately if you are doing some work using your existing firefox add-ons.

You can see the FireFox 4 Download Stats here. The Download count was 369K while writing this post. And it is getting increased by 100 per second.

Mozilla blog says this new FireFox 4 will also be available on Android and Maemo devices soon. Currently it is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux in more than 80 languages.

And, this new version of Firefox 4 is between two and six times faster than previous releases.


Find below the Key features of FireFox 4

Fastest Firefox Ever - With improved start-up and page load times, speedy Web app performance and hardware accelerated graphics, Firefox is optimized for rich, interactive websites.


Tabs are showing above the Awesome Bar (Location Bar) to make it easier to focus on the content of the sites you visit.

Mozilla calls the location bar as Awesome Bar. This Awesome Bar is really awesome. Just Type your term into the location bar (aka the Awesome Bar) and the autocomplete function will include possible matches from your browsing history, bookmarked sites and open tabs.

For example if I want to load our products page, I need NOT remember/type to the entire url (http://qualitypointtech.net/products.php). I just type products to bring the http://qualitypointtech.net/products.php

The Awesome Bar learns as you use it—over time, it adapts to your preferences and offers better-fitting matches.

Improved Tab management- We can drag and drop Tabs to manage them easily. And, you can switch to any open tab from your Awesome Bar without opening duplicate tabs. And, "Pin as App Tab" will be useful for easily accessing frequently used sites.

Firefox Sync - You can access your bookmarks, open tabs, passwords and form data across multiple Computers and Mobile Devices.
Private and Secure

Most Customizable - New Add-ons Manager helps to easily discover and install more than 200,000 add-ons to customize the features, functionality and look of Firefox. Firefox 4 allows certain types of add-ons to be installed, managed, and removed without restarting your browser

HTML5 support in Firefox includes hardware accelerated, high-definition video (WebM), 3D graphics, offline data storage, professional typography, touchscreen interfaces and the Mozilla Audio API to help create visual experiences for sound.

The JavaScript engine incorporates the new J├ĄgerMonkey JIT compiler, along with enhancements to the existing TraceMonkey JIT and SpiderMonkey’s interpreter for faster page-load speed and better performance of Web apps and games.

Firefox provides uninterrupted browsing when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple QuickTime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.

Firefox 4 is released today to the public at large after 12 public betas, two release candidates, and nearly a year of development.

What do you think about this new version of FireFox? You can share your comments.

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