Six Fresh New Features in Firefox 4

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DanDog

Safari = Latte

Chrome = Quick Shot

Opera = Coffee

Firefox = Cold Beer

IE-8 = Army Coffee

I think that sums it up. ROCK ON FIREFOX

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Michael Ellis

Microsoft is making up for the poor performance of IE8 in a big way with IE9. I ran the tests and watched the videos and am very impressed. I wonder how firefox will do in direct competition with IE9 when the full (non beta) versions are finally released.

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avoidz

Looks like Opera's UI, but I like that look, so it's not necessarily a bad thing for Firefox.

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Victek

This is the first public beta and meant to show everyone what's coming.  Was anyone expecting it to be finished and for extensions to work?  There's a reason it installs along side 3.6.6 instead of replacing it.  Just check it out.  Regarding performance, it has already been stated that hardware acceleration and faster javascript are coming.

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bpstone

I keep hearing people say how bad 4.0 is and how they are going to abandon it. Seriously read before you download! It is the first demo release [beta] of 4.0. 3.6 is still the FF standard. 4.0 is still in development. FF did not copy Chrome... Google copied everyone else! lol

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lunchbox73

Nat bad, I used it for a little bit but had to uninstall when I noticed I couldn't use Xmarks. I'm lost without my xmarks.

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bpstone

You don't have to uninstall the beta to use 3.6. I have FF 3.6 with 4.0 on my computer. You just can't use them both at the same time. wink'

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jgraves000

I kinda like the new look. I can tell it's a little faster and a bit more stable in some areas. I was thinking about switching to Chrome recently cause Firefox has been crapping out on me lately. But this new update might change my mind cause I can still use all the addons. I just hope they can increase the speed a little more.

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JohnP

 Are other people actually able to USE the Firefox4 beta? I tried uninstalling both and just installing the beta. Open a PDF?:

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total lockup of Firefox. and no, none of the OTHER tabs were usable. Had to pound on the close application button in Win7 task manager to finally close Firefox.So much for crash protection.

Change the toolbar around? Sure, it's easy! Will the beta remember your changes next time you open it? Not for me it didn't ( and I really like the bookmark icon on the left, not the Chrome right.)

Even the feedback button and the WOT button just evaporated.

At least some add ons worked, WOT (before it vanished), firegestures, search preview. Roboform was there but unreadable as the text and background were both black (heh). Downloadthem all just hung.

Me, I would avoid this beta and tell others not to dabble with it either.

PS: If you go back to FF 3.6.6 and your toolbar menu is gone, hit the ALT button! 

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jgraves000

Foxit reader works better for PDFs than Adobe reader.

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JohnP

  I had Foxit loaded on FF4.0 beta. It locked up. I disabled it, it still locked up. Who knows?

 

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filip007

Opera did not copy anyone, what Chrome, Chrome has OS/2 style tabs just need to start adding some colors on it for specific state while tab is loading. Opera still has superior GUI just need better compatibility. Chrome is out for only two years so Firefox is doing fake transition.  

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Mighty BOB!

[long string of expletives]

I am actually not looking forward to this.  Waiting on a laundry list of add-ons to all become compatible with the latest version takes forever because there are 1 or 2 devs that don't update their add-ons often enough.. now the developers go and move everything around.. ugh..

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RtDK

I must say, after growing used to Microsoft's "ribbon" concept in the Office software, this actually looks like a pretty nice improvement. If nothing else, it'll definitely give the user more screen real estate to work with when it rolls out.

 

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Danthrax66

They just copied what opera had this honestly looks exactly like opera now.

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Walnut

And Opera just copied Chrome's interface. 

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kevaskous

Hardly, the only thing in common is glass.

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