Firefox 4 Beta 3 introduces Windows 7 touch support

Mozilla has released the latest beta for Firefox 4, making this is the 3rd beta in the Firefox 4 development cycle. Beta 3 is available in more than 30 languages, 10 more than the last update. The beta also enables Windows 7 multi-touch support, which allows users the ability to interact with the browser without the need of a mouse. Several JavaScript tweaks have also been implemented to give the user a more streamlined and faster experience.

Beta 3 also changes to the C++ representation of JavaScript, which enables Firefox to execute numeric code more efficiently, allowing for more streamlined graphics in web applications.

As with the past betas, the Mozilla Labs feedback add-on is included, giving a user the chance to submit any bugs or errors they find using Beta 3. Mozilla recommends users keep the feedback add-on enabled, as it gives Mozilla the ability to better track bugs and errors found within the browser. Mozilla states the feedback addition has allowed for more than a half-million testers to submit approximately 3,500 pieces of feedback every day. Additional statistics show that the majority of people using the Firefox 4 Beta are males, who use the web between 2-6 hours every day, and use Firefox for communication and entertainment.

Readers looking for the latest Firefox 4 beta can find it here.

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boeing 787 install the Add-on Compatibility Reporter from Mozilla, once i did that i got most of my add ons to work. also Under windows 7 you can enable direct2d and directwrite to make use of the gpu in html5 video and other sites. Also improves speed quite a bit.

To enable D2D and DW support in Mozilla Minefield:

* Point your web browser to: about:config
* Agree to the warning message if presented
* Search for value: gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled
* Set gfx.font_rendering.directwrite.enabled to true (left click it)
* Search for value: mozilla.widget.render-mode
* Set mozilla.widget.render-mode to 6
* Restart Minefield

I just want them to finish and bring it out of beta so I don't have to do workarounds in order to get some addons to works.

satukoro said,
I just want them to finish and bring it out of beta so I don't have to do workarounds in order to get some addons to works.

patience, young padawan. I hear it's due around september this year. the same time M$ rolls out IE9 beta. can't wait!

alcamize said,
Firefox 4 Beta 2 had touch support for me o.O

Firefox has always had touch scrolling I believe. They added some fancy multitouch commands WITHIN the web page though. So someone could code a website that you can use multitouch on... idk, I've used multitouch on Bing Maps before though.

Beta 3, eh? No thanks.

I'm still forced to use beta 1 since mozilla had the 'wonderful' idea to forcibly break every addon in existence and make the browser partially broken if you try to force them to work.

Blackhearted said,
Beta 3, eh? No thanks.

I'm still forced to use beta 1 since mozilla had the 'wonderful' idea to forcibly break every addon in existence and make the browser partially broken if you try to force them to work.


How are they supposed to progress if they can't change any of their APIs?

Luis Mazza said,
I just want my addons to work, so I can use it

Same here. Up to beta 2 the only one that didn't work was Clippings. Now all of them are disabled.

still hangs about 10-15 seconds on boot. more so when you enable direct2d and directdraw

flash content isn't handeled by hardware acceleration. try scrolling while playing a flash video ala "youtube" or "funny or die" or else.

Mouettus said,
still hangs about 10-15 seconds on boot. more so when you enable direct2d and directdraw

flash content isn't handeled by hardware acceleration. try scrolling while playing a flash video ala "youtube" or "funny or die" or else.

What is supposed to happen when scrolling ? Seems ok here. I do have heavily delays when starting though.

ObiWanToby said,

What is supposed to happen when scrolling ? Seems ok here. I do have heavily delays when starting though.

it's supposed to be smooth but there is some major lag when playing flash movie content

Mouettus said,

it's supposed to be smooth but there is some major lag when playing flash movie content

Go to the Firefox menu, Options, Advanced tab, and enable "Use smooth scrolling".

Now it'll scroll like Internet Explorer does, smooth to the touch! And I had no lag on YouTube.

Mad_Griffith said,
Can you please explain to me how avoid FF to duplicate its icon on the taskbar when I launch it on Windows 7?

Do you already have Firefox pinned? Un-pin it and Pin FX 4.

Jan said,

Do you already have Firefox pinned? Un-pin it and Pin FX 4.

I did that but didn't worked. Then I simply reinstalled FF4 after being sure that FF3 was already unpinned, and that did the trick.

Mad_Griffith said,
Can you please explain to me how avoid FF to duplicate its icon on the taskbar when I launch it on Windows 7?

Unpin your current icon, launch Firefox, pin it

coth said,
Just updated, memory still leaks a lot, works still very very slow with lots of hangs...

hangs alot for me too .. i don know is it FF or flash

Bero said,

hangs alot for me too .. i don know is it FF or flash

Seems to be one or the other because of one or the other, lol.
A bunch of sites I visit will hang for a second or two while the flash content loads or jutters.

Bero said,

hangs alot for me too .. i don know is it FF or flash

There is definitely a large issue with flash. Flash isn't just hangs and sometimes not fully drew. After some time flash permanently hang the browser (so largely advertised plugin container seems to be just a large bug). But I also still has hangs on cool start (FF loads about 3-4 minutes in a cold start with 100mb places database, SQLite optimisations for Places seems were forgotten). Not talking about hangs for few seconds on every loaded page and large hangs time to time. Thank to Places again.

Google Maps still works unbelievably slow with just about 0,5 - 1 fps with hardware acceleration on.

SubZenit said,
I've test it, but the design is still a combination of Google Chrome and Opera...

hey, i realised new 2011 bmw has four wheels, just like chevrolets!

Dead'Soul said,

hey, i realised new 2011 bmw has four wheels, just like chevrolets!

LMAO. 09:27 in the morning and you made my day!

SubZenit said,

Because they were always original, why they try to copy someone else ideeas?

Because they're simple, clean, and functional.

ObiWanToby said,

Because they're simple, clean, and functional.


So basically they tell me to move to Chrome, since Chrome is way much simple, clean and fast.

SubZenit said,
I've test it, but the design is still a combination of Google Chrome and Opera...

They got their toolbar button design from Safari and the Mac OS X Finder. What's your point really?

SubZenit said,

Because they were always original, why they try to copy someone else ideeas?

First Major browser to bring Touch on PC , they are original

SubZenit said,

Because they were always original, why they try to copy someone else ideeas?

Would you rather they leave their JavaScript engine slow, and not bother supporting CSS3 and HTML5?

What would you have wanted them to do?

andrewbares said,

Umm, that would be Internet Explorer, sorry.

Yeah... that would have been weird for Windows 7's flagship browser to not have touch support, in an OS that emphasizes touch.

Whats the state of play with things like this supporting "Windows 7 touch" and the apple magic trackpad with windows drivers?

Any ideas?

noPCtoday said,
good job FF. hopefully chrome will get win7 touch support, it's been a pain in the ass to use it on my tablet.

There is a touch addon. Do a search for it, it works wonders surprisingly.

Frylock86 said,

There is a touch addon. Do a search for it, it works wonders surprisingly.

It isn't the same. It essentially makes the browser "left click and drag".

Chrome needs to step it up. But right now, Firefox 4 Beta 3 is awesome. Great look, great speed, great features.