Mozillas Firefox 4 Web Browser Gets an Overhaul, Inside and Out

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Mozillas Firefox 4 Web Browser Gets an Overhaul, Inside and Out

by eWEEK Labs

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Tabs on Top

Tabs are now on top by default. For now, the change is visible on Windows builds only, with new themes for OSX and Linux to come soon.

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The Firefox Button

On Windows Vista and Windows 7, the menu bar has been replaced with a Firefox button that reminds us of the button to reach Office 2010's "backstage area."

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Smart Location Bar

You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar.

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New Add-ons Manager

Firefox 4 sports a new Add-ons Manager and extension management API.

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Reload and Close

The stop and reload buttons in Firefox 4 have been merged into a single button on Windows, Mac and Linux.

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Bookmarks Button

The Firefox Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default.

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Crash Protection

Firefox 4 protects browser sessions from certain crashes by segregating browser plug-ins into separate processes.

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WebM

Firefox 4 also includes native support for the HD HTML5 WebM video format.

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