Feature complete Firefox 4 Beta 7 release is ‘imminent’

By on October 6, 2010, 9:59 AM
Mozilla has announced during its Weekly Update meeting that the code freeze release of Firefox 4 Beta is now imminent. The company was originally slated to complete Beta 7 in September, but had to delay its release twice due to some unresolved bugs. Considering that RC1 was set to arrive in the second half of October, Mozilla has already warned users it may not be able to meet that mark. As far as the feature complete beta is concerned, though, we may have news in the next few days.

Among other things, Beta 7 should have the look and feel of the final version of Firefox 4, the new JavaScript engine JaegerMonkey, GPU acceleration support as well as the new Panorama feature which lets users group and quickly switch between different sets of open tabs. Perhaps not as important but still interesting, it appears Mozilla is finally adding Bing to the list of available engines on Firefox’s search bar – though it won’t be replacing Google as default.

The new version of Firefox comes as Microsoft works hard to retain its dwindling market share dominance with the upcoming Internet Explorer 9 and as Google’s Chrome wins over new users with frequent updates and new features. Although Mozilla’s browser remains the second-most-popular way to surf the web, over the years it's grown feature-heavy and has been criticized for being slow. Firefox 4 is largely seen as their chance to turn that around.




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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Is the Graphics acceleration set on as default? or will it require that little tweak you mentioned a few weeks back to switch it on?

I guess we won't know till this comes out I guess.

bugejakurt said:

Yes. The graphics acceleration is set to on by default.

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'm firing up IE9 beta, Chrome and Firefox from time to time to look at the same page, and Firefox really lags.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

gwailo247 said:

I'm firing up IE9 beta, Chrome and Firefox from time to time to look at the same page, and Firefox really lags.

Strange I do that as well but my IE9 starts quickest then my Firefox 3.6 then eventually Chrome?

and thanks bugejakurt

treeski treeski said:

gwailo247 said:

I'm firing up IE9 beta, Chrome and Firefox from time to time to look at the same page, and Firefox really lags.

Also same here. With regard to page load time and software load time... Chrome > IE9 Beta > Firefox Beta

Guest said:

I can be enabled in the options menu.

You wont have to do registry tweaks

try Minefield (the Devbuilds)

any you can do it like that

Guest said:

sorry folks. expect some more postponements (delays) in the release of Firefox 4.0 Beta 7. It may or may not be released by the end of October due to some more unresolved, crash-producing bugs.

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