Enterprise Applications: Mozilla's Firefox 4 Web Browser Gets an Overhaul, Inside and Out

 
 
By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2010-07-08
 
 
 

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

by eWEEK Labs

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

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.

Tabs on Top

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."

The Firefox Button

Smart Location Bar

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

Smart Location Bar

New Add-ons Manager

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

New Add-ons Manager

Reload and Close

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

Reload and Close

Bookmarks Button

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

Bookmarks Button

Crash Protection

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

Crash Protection

WebM

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

WebM

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