Mozilla Delivers Firefox 4 Beta 1
Mozilla launches the initial beta of Firefox 4, the next major version of its popular open-source Web browser. Mozilla is eager to get user and developer feedback on the beta, as the company plans a steady cadence of updates leading up to a general release once the technology has been hardened.Mozilla has launched the initial beta of Firefox 4, the next major version of its popular open-source Web browser. Although the new Beta 1 gives a good early look at what Mozilla is planning to deliver in Firefox 4, "Stay tuned, because there is more to come and we plan to release new beta versions every two to three weeks," said Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox development at Mozilla, in a July 6 blog post.
Beltzner called for users and developers to download and test the Firefox 4 beta, saying, "Your feedback is essential to help shape the product, which is why we're launching now to hear from you early in our development process." Moreover, with early testing of the dozens of new features in the Firefox 4 beta, Mozilla will be able to hone future versions of the technology to better suit user needs. Beltzner said.
- HTML5 Parser: Run the best Web apps of today and tomorrow-if a user's browser doesn't support HTML5, they still won't miss out on your content.
- WebSockets: Build real-time, online interactions like gaming and chatting.
- IndexedDB: Use structured storage in your Web applications to speed them up or provide offline support.
- Web Console: Peek into dynamic Websites with this experimental "Heads Up Display" analysis tool.
- Simpler Add-On Development: Authors can create Add-Ons that don't require a restart to install, develop their Add-Ons more quickly using the new powerful Jetpack SDK, and safely connect to existing libraries using js-ctypes.
- For a full list of Web technologies supported by Firefox check out the "big chart o' features."