Firefox 3 Reaches Beta 4

New features and performance improvements just keep on coming...

As beta versions inch towards a final release the addition of new features and performance improvements tend to tail off, unless you’re Mozilla…

With the arrival of Firefox 3 Beta 4 today come a number of significant developments, most notable of which are a new download manager which shows active downloads and time remaining in the status bar (sounds like Download Statusbar was finally incorporated) and the ability to full page zoom. This latter feature brings with it a zoom menu and keyboard shortcuts which enable both the scaling of text and/or images and preferences can be stored from site to site. On the beautification side of things, Beta 4 now blends into Vista, Mac OS X and Linux interfaces too.

Location bar and auto-complete (type in part of the title, tag or address of a page to see a list of matches from your history and bookmarks) is now finalised as well while performance has once more had major boosts with ‘hundreds’ of memory leaks fixed. Lastly, JavaScript engine and profile guided optimisations lead Mozilla to claim 100 per cent speed gains compared to Firefox 2 in applications such as Google Mail and Zoho Office.

So yes, this is well worth a download. Just remember: many of your most tried and trusted add-ons and extensions may not (yet) work with this latest version. Swings and roundabouts people…

Press Release
Beta 4 Release Notes

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