Firefox 5.0 Beta 7

The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox sets the pace with dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable Web browsing experience for all.

User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox provide the best possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox smart location bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

Performance. Firefox is built on top of the powerful new Gecko platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.

Security. Firefox raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web.

Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox lets users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons.

Download: Firefox 5.0 Beta 7 | 13.6 MB (Freeware)
View: Release Notes | Firefox Future Releases Website

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It is well know that Mozilla changed its whole development process to mimic Google one. They should just keep the version number internally and simply called Firefox and show on the about page a release date or build number much like Chrome. I am fine with these method it means getting out of the door features which are ready and don't have to wait for others that are not.

So it takes them forever to get out 4.0 and now 2 months later 5.0 is out. I guess everyone is going to copy Google now.

FMH said,
I saw some really good concepts for future FF iterations, I hope they make it to this version.

Nope, 5.0 is already baked... final should be out next week barring no unforeseen issues.

ThaCrip said,
the question is... going from Firefox 4 to 5... how many extensions will need a update?

Can't comment on your particular extensions of course, but mine are running under v6 with no issues whatsoever, minus disabling version checking that is, and a couple of them only officially support v3. I'm sure there's going to be a few trouble makers though, be unreasonable to think otherwise.

Jen Smith said,

Can't comment on your particular extensions of course, but mine are running under v6 with no issues whatsoever, minus disabling version checking that is, and a couple of them only officially support v3. I'm sure there's going to be a few trouble makers though, be unreasonable to think otherwise.

Yeah, i honestly don't even know why they have those damn version checks in the extensions. people who make the extensions need to basically have it work with any version. this way it will just load and try to work anyways as ill bet most extensions that worked on Firefox4 (or 3.5 for that matter) should work on 5 lacking the BS check.

but i guess once FF5 goes final ill download and mess with it then

RC or not i still have problem with Facebook. When i open a youtube video and try to see a pic at same time the video restarts. when i close the pic the video restart again... seriously.. how they expect to succeed when no1 site wont work in the firefox 5?

I have this too, but are you sure this is not Facebooks fault? Though I haven't tried another browser -- maybe someone can report if this happens in other browsers as well.

epple said,
I don't get why they can't call this 4.1, or am I missing something?

Probably because Google calls what should be Google Chrome 8.0.1, Google Chrome 9.0.0. It makes it look like they're development has skyrocketed.

I didn't notice any at all, but you may want to check the linked "Release Notes" and "What's new" section I'm still using 4.0 btw, but did have a look and went back.

I don't think the web slices equivalent lands until Firefox 6 (which is what I'm looking forward to) It's like the IE9 feature (jumplist) but instead will make use of the Firefox button as an app tab for websites.

Edited by Steven P., Jun 16 2011, 7:28am :

Holey said,
What are the major UI changes between FF4 and FF5?

They changed the about box and moved the Do-Not-Track checkbox in the preferences.

Holey said,
What are the major UI changes between FF4 and FF5?

Improved a bunch of inner code to make it more responsive and less slow than FF4...