Web 2.0, SOA, and Web Services: Mozilla Firefox 4 Boasts Performance and Usability Enhancements

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2011-03-24
 
 
 

Browser Sync

Firefox 4 features an integrated settings and password sync utility that works across separate desktop and smartphone Firefox installs.

Browser Sync

Mobile Sync

I used the new Firefox sync capability to carry my browsing session over to Firefox Mobile on my Android device.

Mobile Sync

Panorama

The browser's Panorama tab management feature is just the ticket for reining in out-of-control tabs.

Panorama

Firefox Menu

Firefox 4 sports a menu bar that's condensed to a single "Firefox" button—a significant space-saver.

Firefox Menu

Status Bar

The status bar in Firefox 4 is gone, but importantly, URLs still appear in the lower left corner of the interface when hovering over links.

Status Bar

UI Changes Optional

If Firefox interface changes, such as the switch to tabs on top, don't strike your fancy, it's easy enough to revert them.

UI Changes Optional

Add-on Manager

The Add-on manager in Firefox 4 gets a makeover, sporting a more App Store-like appearance.

Add-on Manager

JavaScript Benchmarking

Firefox 4 blew its previous version out of the water on the V8 JavaScript benchmark.

JavaScript Benchmarking

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