Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mozilla Firefox 5 Beta now out - Fast!

Mozilla is proving me and other naysayers wrong today, with the release of Firefox 5 Beta.

That's right Firefox 5. This is the fastest turnaround from one major release to the Beta of the next in the history of Mozilla (Netscape is another story though...).

While this is a Beta - it has a mountain of changes on stability and bug fix issues.

Clearly the days of a long list of BIG NEW FEATURES in each and every Firefox release are now gone, but that doesn't mean there aren't new features too. Though those new features just aren't as obvious as they were to me in say the transistion from Firefox 3.6 to Firefox 4.

In that way, Mozilla mimics Chrome where the difference between Chrome 10 and 11 is an evolutionary, not revolutionary improvement.

According to Mozilla, Firefox 5 includes improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance. Though from my first 30 mins of usage, it's hard to tell.

There is also improved support for CSS animations and the Do-Not-Track header has been made more obvious for users to select.

Overall, the real story here is that Firefox 5 is in Beta and likely on track for a June release too. As opposed to the Firefox 4 Beta period which was ridiculously drawn out, Mozilla developers will likely NOT include any major new features between now and June.

The Beta period will likely be a testing, hardening and bug hunting exercise which is what a Beta really should be all about - right?

1 comment:

  1. This new version is pretty much better than the last one that we have been using till now. After a very long time they have put some changes that has given a whole new look to this browser.


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