Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta Released

Mozilla has released the first beta of its Firefox 4 web browser, enhancing the user interface and adding an array of new features.

Firefox 4 Beta, developed on the Gecko 2.0 web platform, offers a revamped add-on manager and comes with a built-in crash support tool which will prevent the web browser from crashing even if vital plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight and Apple Quicktime freeze.

The browser, which also comes with HTML 5 capabilities, WebGL support for 3D rendering and offers support for the HD WebM video format.

Mozilla has merged the stop and reload buttons into a single button on the new web browser and replaced the bookmarks toolbar with a bookmarks button.

Writing on Mozilla’s blog, Mike Beltzner said: “We moved the tabs to the top to make it easier to focus on the web content and easier to control the tools in your web browser. Also, if you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista the Menu bar was replaced with a single Firefox button so you can get to the most used options with just one click. These changes will be coming soon for Mac and Linux.”

Firefox 4 will also come with enhanced page response times by the help of lazy frame construction.