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Mozilla Previews 64-Bit Firefox

Mozilla Firefox has released its first ever Windows browser designed specifically for 64-bit processors.

The 64-bit browser hasn't been launched for consumers, but Mozilla has made it available for developers to test drive and comment on. A full beta version is expected later in the month.

It is thought that the 64-bit version will be a part of the new Firefox 4 release, expected to be launched by the end of the year.

The conversion of Firefox to 64-bit has been rather slow compared to that of some other browsers - Apple released the 64-bit version of its Safari browser as early as in 2009, and Microsoft's 64-bit Internet Explorer came with the Windows 7 Operating System. Google is still working on a 64-bit version of its Chrome browser.

The 64-bit version of the software is not designed to enhance the performance of the browser, but improves upon the browsing experience - although currently, 64-bit processors have a problem with plug-in compatibility for some applications, such as Adobe's Flash player.