Well, I have finally made the switch to Firefox 4 as my primary browser. (Firefox 4 – Beta 9 to be exact) I figured with the big Firefox 4 release date being next month, it was about time I got used to the new way of browsing with the latest incarnation of the Mozilla browser. So what are some of my initial thoughts?
- Fonts seem clearer to me. Not exactly sure why, but they do.
- When you right-click on a link, it looks like they have switched the positions of "Open in a New Window" and "Open in a New Tab". This is going to get some taking used to. All day yesterday, I kept opening new links in new windows instead of new tabs.
- I like how the add-ons menu now opens in a new tab, rather than a new popup window. However, I would like to see them do the same for downloads, the bookmark manager, options and everything else that pops up at me.
- The "Private Browsing" mode is a little easier to access. All you have to do is hit the Firefox button, and then click "Start Private Browsing". Might actually use it now that it is not hidden.
- In the Add-ons menu, there is a way to get add-ons without having to visit the Firefox Add-ons website. You have a mini extensions and themes resource built right into the browser. Hopefully this doesn’t hurt independent add-on review websites like Firefox Facts.
- I have mixed feeling about having no status bar. I like that when you hover over links, they still show you a preview in the address bar – but it is going to take some time to get used to.
After using Firefox 4 for a day, these are the only real issues or complaints I can come up with. I am looking forward to the public release coming in February (cross your fingers) and seeing how the Firefox community at large reacts to this brand new browser. Firefox 4 is going to be the biggest overhaul to Firefox we have seen in a long time – are you ready?