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Mozilla Releases Firefox 5 Beta, Firefox 6 Could Arrive By August

Mozilla started shipping the beta version of Firefox 5 last Friday, with the final edition of the product scheduled to hit the market on June 21.

The company has also made this new beta version available for download worldwide.

“Mozilla recently introduced the Firefox Aurora development channel to support more frequent releases. The shift to a rapid release development cycle delivers cutting edge Firefox features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster,” reads a post on the company blog.

The Firefox 5 Beta brings along with it two major additional feature, support for CSS animations (standard Cascading Style Sheets) and a number of bug fixes.

The support for CSS animation is likely to equip Web developers with the ability to introduce dialogue boxes pop up, as well as a channel switcher which will allow users to shift between Aurora, Beta, and the final editions.

“This release includes the Firefox channel switcher, performance and stability enhancements and support for the new CSS Animations standard,” the blog post added.

Mozilla is likely to unveil Firefox 6 sometime in August, barely 6 weeks after the launch of Firefox 5. And if the company continues to meet its deadlines for new Firefox releases, there is a good chance that Firefox 9 will hit the market by the end of this year.