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Firefox 4 Beta 1 Now Available for Download

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Mozilla has announced that Firefox 4 Beta 1 is now ready for download and at the same time revealed some details about the newest iteration of the popular browser.

Windows users will notice a big change in interface design, which, among other things, has tabs located along the top by default. There's also a new Add-Ons Manager, which affords more space to managing add-ons, themes and plugins. Firefox 4 Beta 1 brings support for HTML5 and WebM, improvements to privacy, crash protection, and a boost in performance when it comes to start-up and page-load times.

Features expected in the future include the ability to sync your settings, passwords, bookmarks, history, open tabs and other customizations across multiple devices; better privacy controls; yet more improvements to performance; and the same themes for OS X and Linux.

Mozilla's Mike Beltzner warns that not everything in this release will make the final cut but, as always, the best way to ensure your favorite features are included is to get in on the Beta and provide feedback to that effect. FF4B1 even includes a Feedback add-on to make it easier to send in your likes and dislikes.

Download Firefox 4 Beta 1 for Linux, Windows or OSX here and let us know what you think are the biggest and most important improvements.

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    thejerk , July 8, 2010 12:32 AM
    it's still just a beta you whiners. submit a recomendation if you want changes.
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    atdhe , July 8, 2010 1:00 AM
    OMG, a firefox article without the firefox chick? WTF!?!?

    Joking aside, there's just one thing i don't like about firefox, it just feels 'heavy', besides that, together with Chrome, there's nothing better out there.
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    geossj5 , July 8, 2010 1:02 AM
    mozilla ... way to chromify firefox
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    shening , July 8, 2010 12:00 AM
    not bad .. i still like chrome more
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    footsoldier , July 8, 2010 12:13 AM
    I hope they will change the interface. I totally dislike it
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    Pyroflea , July 8, 2010 12:14 AM
    I like that they're adding new features, while still allowing you to use the previous features, ex.) the location of the tabs. They've got the right idea.
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    footsoldier , July 8, 2010 12:18 AM
    phoenix777Chrome all the way. Firefox doesn't work well on my 64 bit Win7


    Yeah i agree. 3.6 crashes often and memory leak. But they siad 4.0 will officially support 64bit, so im so looking forward to this one. But...disappointed
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    Anonymous , July 8, 2010 12:23 AM
    Could I lose my bookmarks if I instruct my Mac to replace Firefox 3.6 with Firefox 4 ?
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    djsting , July 8, 2010 12:30 AM
    wow, it looks like they just jacked the UI from google
  • 25 Hide
    thejerk , July 8, 2010 12:32 AM
    it's still just a beta you whiners. submit a recomendation if you want changes.
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    joex444 , July 8, 2010 12:33 AM
    Lame lame lame! I downloaded the beta on 7/2/10. Way to go guys, nothing like timely news. Maybe it wasn't posted on their website, but it sure as shit was on their FTP.
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    flightmare , July 8, 2010 12:34 AM
    footsoldierI hope they will change the interface. I totally dislike it
    A dev said it will be possible to use the old fashioned interface.
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    a_mall , July 8, 2010 12:43 AM
    The interface is slow.
    Chrome beta is light years ahead in all aspects.
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    atdhe , July 8, 2010 1:00 AM
    OMG, a firefox article without the firefox chick? WTF!?!?

    Joking aside, there's just one thing i don't like about firefox, it just feels 'heavy', besides that, together with Chrome, there's nothing better out there.
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    geossj5 , July 8, 2010 1:02 AM
    mozilla ... way to chromify firefox
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    WarraWarra , July 8, 2010 1:39 AM
    AArrrrggghhh looks as ugly as windows media player 10.

    Hope they fixed the GCC4.5.0 slowness in 3.6.0.

    How is the Java & flash hard drive r*pe bug doing fixed or not ?
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    wittermark , July 8, 2010 1:57 AM
    WarraWarraLOL what does work on Win7 ?

    pretty much every software I use runs seamlessly on win7, whats your point?
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    tubers , July 8, 2010 2:06 AM
    yay! Looks like chrome and I love chrome but I like firefox too. I'll be trying this out.
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    steiner666 , July 8, 2010 2:23 AM
    Nah, i'll wait until i HAVE to update, or at least until more than a small fraction of my add-ons are supported. Don't much care for the new default interface. The title bar is a major waste of space
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    drutort , July 8, 2010 2:39 AM
    if they havent fixed the flash crash :p  then im sorry they need to be doing that more so, im staying with 3.6.3 still cause the latest and others crash 90% on most flash... I dont mind the new one i was testing 3.7 and it was really nice i think pretty quick and a lot less ram, but alas still had the flash problem which takes down the whole broswer so i dont know were there protection crash stuff... doesnt work here :p 
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    murdoc , July 8, 2010 2:39 AM
    I like chrome and it's a smart move from Mozilla to get Firefox back on the competitive edge with this new interface change. I'd definitely try this out. I hope they improve the load times and startup times further as the current firefox seems a bit bulky when compared to chrome.
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