Monday, 17 January 2011 17:05

Firefox 4 beta 9 out

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Another beta of Firefox 4 arrived over the weekend. Can the release version be far away?


The ninth beta release of the next version of the popular open source browser Firefox was released over the weekend.

The focus of the project is now bug fixes, although beta 9 does deliver performance improvements in a couple of areas.

It seems likely that there will be another beta before the release candidate appears, though efforts are being made to see that the latter occurs "in weeks, not months" according to Johnathan Nightingale, director of Firefox development at Mozilla.

The beta can be downloaded here.

Features of Firefox 4 include significantly improved performance including graphics hardware acceleration, and support for HTML5, WebM, WebGL, new CSS3 features, OpenType, bookmark synchronisation, and multitouch (Windows 7 only).

 

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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