Firefox 4 Beta 1 Takes Off

Firefox 4 News Firefox 4 Beta 1 is out and ready for the testers.  So what is in store for this first beta of the forth version of Mozilla’s browser?  There are dozens of major features and improvements – so Mozilla is looking for people to test them out, and report your bugs so that they can get Firefox 4 out to the public at large.

Overall, it looks like they are going to release new betas (till Firefox 4 is released) every two to three weeks.  The major changes this time around are moving the tabs to the top of Firefox and the introduction of the single Firefox button.  The Firefox button will be the place where you can get to the most used options in a single click.  (Mac and Linux fans will have these changes soon too).

A few more Windows features Beta 1 will deliver includes:

  • New Add-Ons Manager: gives you more space to manage your Add-Ons, Themes and Plugins. Customizing your browser has never been easier!
  • HD Video: Watch hardware-accelerated, super-smooth, HD-quality HTML5 video on YouTube using the new WebM format.
  • Privacy improvements: Mozilla always puts privacy first, and this latest beta fixes flaws in some Web standards that could expose your browser history.
  • Crash Protection: Experience uninterrupted browsing (now available on all platforms) – when a plugin crashes or freezes, you can resume browsing by simply refreshing the page.
  • Performance: We know that performance is important. In this version, we focused on improving responsiveness at start-up and during page loads. This is just the beginning for performance improvements in Firefox 4.

Check out the rest of the details over at the Mozilla blog.

Also, as you can see pictured above, Firefox 4 Beta 1 includes a new feedback add-on.  Anytime you run across something you like or don’t like, click the feedback button and, well… give them your feedback about it.

Are you excited yet? We are closer to having our hands on Firefox 4 than ever before.  If you check it out, be sure to leave your own thoughts and reviews about Firefox 4 Beta 1 in the comments.

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