Thursday, March 24, 2011

Firefox 4 is launched

So Mozilla's new Firefox 4 arrives after a delay from the end of 2010 and with over 17 million downloads and counting it looks like it will surpass the launch of version 3.

According to Mozilla the page-rendering speed has been tripled, and the browser has increased support for web standards like native HTML5 video, fancy CSS 3 visual effects and native web fonts. The user interface has also been revamped with tabs being moved to the top of the browser window, in line with the design of Chrome and a new feature "Panorama." For which you will be able to group and quickly switch between related clusters of open tabs. Additionally the status bar at the bottom has been removed.

It is also possible to personalise your browser with "Personas" which you either design yourself or choose from over 30,000 ready made ones. Add-ons are now given more prominence with it’s own bar, though it’s disabled by default and a new plugins tool has been built.

With the rise of mobile surfing FF4 now lets you sync seamlessly with your desktop and mobile Firefoxes allowing access to your browsing history, passwords, bookmarks and even open tabs no matter which device you use. Mobile add-ons are now there with things such as "easy reading" and "reading list" which allows you to save pages to read offline.

As this is probably the last big launch by Mozilla who will probably go for more incremental releases in the future it is quite exciting.

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