The fourth beta of Firefox 4 was originally scheduled for a release late last week on August 20, but a few "blocker" bugs kept the team from releasing it on that day. Now, after a further delay yesterday the program is finally available in over 30 languages for Windows
, Mac OS X
The latest pre-release version
brings several new features, including a new tab organization tool dubbed "Panorama" (previously known as Tab Candy), which allows you to group and quickly switch between different sets of open tabs that share a similar purpose. The feature can be accessed through an icon on your Firefox toolbar or with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Space, and will come in handy for those of us who frequently have dozens of tabs open at the same time.
Additionally, Firefox 4 beta 4 brings support for the HTML5 video buffered property and hardware acceleration in Windows 7. The latter won't be enabled by default, though flipping the switch should be pretty straightforward (instructions are available here
). The Mozilla team aims to release a fifth beta this Friday, and a feature-frozen beta 6 on September 10, before moving on to the final code sometime in October or November.