Shortly after announcing that they were implementing a feature freeze on Firefox 3.1 for further bug squashing, Mozilla has announced that a beta version of the browser is available. Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 is up for download now, letting people test drive the first major update to Firefox 3 since its milestone release a few months ago.

Though the beta is available, everyone should remember that beta software is just that and may have unexpected bugs in it. Mozilla is encouraging anyone interested to use it and report any bugs back to Mozilla. The beta is available for all three platforms.