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Firefox 4 Beta 7 Offers Faster Grapics

David Gilbert


Firefox 4 Beta 7 Offers Faster Graphics

The latest beta release of Mozilla’s web browser Firefox 4 has gone online and the most intriguing aspect is something called JägerMonkey, which is described rather mysteriously as “an invisible but powerful addition to Firefox 4 Beta.”

JägerMonkey is a just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compiler which is incorporated into the SpiderMonkey (they just loves their primates over at Mozilla) JavaScript engine and Mozilla promises this will lead to faster start-up time, improved page-load speed and as well as improved performance of Web apps and games.

The release also promises more support for hardware-accelerated graphics, as well as hardware acceleration for Windows XP and Mac OS X. And since everthing these days is about 3D, Beta 7 enables 3D-capabilities, without the need for plug-ins, with WebGL.

According to Mozilla, all this will mean: “Pages load faster, interactions with websites are snappier and the Web is just a lot more fun. For developers, this means you can build richer high-performance Web applications and explore the world of 3D graphics, inherent to the Web.”

From a developers' point-of-view, Mozilla says that the Add-ons APIs for Firefox 4 are now stable so they can start updating their add-ons from Firefox 3.6 to Firefox 4.

If you’re already testing Firefox 4 Beta, you will be automatically updated to the latest version or if not you can download it and start testing it here. There will be additional betas in the coming weeks according to Mozilla, before the final release of Firefox 4.

Beer Stalker

November 11, 2010, 7:25 pm

Unfortunately b7 has broken drop-down menus so I would skip the update for now.


November 11, 2010, 7:43 pm

I want my status bar back! :¬(


November 11, 2010, 9:37 pm

Good that FF is getting such an overhaul with this update. They must be trying to stop the flood of migrants to chrome.

Arctic Fox

November 11, 2010, 9:53 pm

I think that "jager" means "hunter" in German.


November 11, 2010, 10:14 pm

Am finding b7 noticeably quicker then b6. Also, it seems all of the rendering errors I was getting with b6 have been fixed in this version. It's working like an RC version for me, on my PC. Also miss the status bar, but would rather have a Chrome like pop-up for addresses. Now, just have to wait for a few of my add-ons to get updated for b7.

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