Mozilla rolls out Firefox 4 Beta 1

7 Jul 2010

With the release of the beta version of its latest Firefox browser, Mozilla brings some great new features, including crash protection, topmost tabbing and a dedicated Firefox button.

Firefox 4 Beta 1 has a new look, with tabs placed on the top of the window for easier and more intuitive browsing plus a dedicated Firefox button on the top left to reduce clutter and place all menu items within one dropdown.

The ‘Awesome’ bar has also been tweaked so you can switch quickly between open tabs, and add-ons plus personalisation options, including themes, are easier to access and discover.

One of the bigger changes is the introduction of crash protection: no longer will the entire Firefox application shut down if a plug-in such as Adobe Flash or Microsoft Silverlight crashes. Instead, the page itself will be reloaded and Firefox will continue uninterrupted.

With added support for CS3, web designers can take advantage and have new design features display perfectly, plus the new HTML5 parser and full support for web video, audio, and drag and drop brings Firefox up to speed for the latest and future web apps.

Firefox 4 will soon have a syncing feature that will synchronise your settings, passwords, bookmarks, history, open tabs and other custom settings across multiple devices so the user has the same consistent Firefox browsing experience wherever they are.

There will also be improved privacy settings to allow users to better see what information different websites are gathering about them, and how this affects settings on their desktop.