Mozilla has released a new update of its Firefox 4 Beta featuring built-in Firefox Sync and new tab management capability.
the maker of the popular open-source Firefox browser, has delivered two new
features for developers and users to test, just weeks after the release of the
last Firefox beta 4 update. The Sync feature helps users synchronize their Web
experience and organize their online life. Firefox Sync
integrated in Firefox 4 Beta to let you access your tabs, bookmarks, history,
passwords, Awesome Bar, form-fill data and even open tabs across multiple
computers or mobile devices, Mozilla said. Mozilla's previous
Firefox 4 beta release came on Aug. 11.
latest update to Firefox 4 Beta is now available with new features that offer
more control over your Web experience," said Mike
, Mozilla's director of Firefox, in an Aug. 24 blog post. "This
release lets you own and control your personal Web experience by syncing your
data across devices, and by helping you organize your tabs in order to juggle
and prioritize your busy online life."
Firefox Sync, users can customize and take their Web experiences anywhere, even
on their iPhone with Firefox Home
to Mozilla, "Firefox Sync encrypts all of your data before sending it to the
server and does not track your travels throughout the Web. This means that you
never have to compromise your privacy for the convenience of using Firefox
said: "Firefox Sync makes it easy to surf the Web on your PC, get
up and go and have everything (open tabs, saved passwords, browsing history and
bookmarks) waiting for you on your phone just the way you left it. Ever tried
typing in passwords or long URLs on your phone? Now you don't have to - Firefox
Sync will fill them in for you! And what's more, the sync is two-way. So if you
bookmark a great new site on your work computer, Firefox Sync will make sure
that bookmark shows up on your computer at home."
a user has set up a Firefox Sync account, their Firefox data will then be
encrypted and securely stored on Mozilla's servers and synchronized
automatically from then on, the company said.
Firefox 4 Beta also now includes Panorama, formerly known as Tab Candy. With a
single keystroke, Panorama provides an overview of all your tabs to easily
organize your tabs into groups, name them, prioritize them and quickly switch
between tabs or tab groups, Mozilla said.
another blog post specifically about Panorama, Aza Raskin
creative lead for Firefox, lays out much of the history, vision and design for
the technology, including videos and diagrams. Regarding the principle of the
Panorama design, Raskin said: "Within the concept of -organizing your online
tasks' is a lot room for paradigms, metaphors, and features. We used a set of
principles guided by cognitive psychology to create a unified interface we feel
is humane and efficient."
addition to the two main new features in the latest release of the beta,
Beltzner said Firefox 4 Beta includes a Feedback Add-on
Mozilla Labs Test Pilot, "which enable you to take part in anonymous studies,"
he said. "You can choose to opt-out of any or all studies by managing your
settings in the Feedback
Meanwhile, in a separate post, Paul Rouget
Mozilla technology evangelist, said the latest Firefox 4 Beta features "hundreds
of bug fixes
" in addition to Sync and Panorama. Added Rouget: "Here is a
quick overview of the new features for Web developers:
latest Firefox 4 Beta release -- known as Firefox 4 Beta 4 -- can be downloaded