Firefox 4: A Speedy, Modern, Multiplatform Browser
The latest version of Firefox matches Google's Chrome on many fronts but lacks its Group Policy-based management support.Firefox 4, the first full point release of Mozilla's popular open-source Web browser in nearly three years, combines user-interface, performance and Web-standards support enhancements with new provisions for making user data both more and less accessible across the network. On one hand, the browser ships with a newly integrated Firefox Sync feature, which enables users to synchronize bookmarks, preferences, browser state and passwords between Firefox and Firefox Mobile browser instances through a server either hosted by Mozilla or self-hosted. On the other side, Firefox 4 builds on the private browsing features included in previous releases with new "do not track" functions for users concerned with the trails they may be leaving as they traverse the Web.
As a speedy, modern, cross-platform Web browser, Firefox 4 is well worth evaluating for any organization, particularly those with a heterogeneous mix of client operating systems. On this multiplatform front, however, organizations should also keep an eye on Google's Chrome, which tends to match Firefox in features and performance, and offers Group Policy-based management support that Firefox 4 lacks.