Firefox 6.0 Beta 4

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.

Whats new:

  • The address bar now highlights the domain of the website you're visiting
  • Streamlined the look of the site identity block
  • Added support for the latest draft version of WebSockets with a prefixed API
  • Added support for EventSource / server-sent events
  • Added support for window.matchMedia
  • Added Scratchpad, an interactive JavaScript prototyping environment
  • Added a new Web Developer menu item and moved development-related items into it
  • Improved usability of the Web Console
  • Improved the discoverability of Firefox Sync
  • Reduced browser startup time when using Panorama

Download: Firefox 6.0 Beta 4 | ~14 MB (Freeware)
View: Release Notes | Firefox Future Releases Website

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Firefox 7 is MUCH better than previous versions simply due to it's RAM use being drastically reduced when Firefox is randomly opening and closing tabs over time.

ill keep using the Aurora build of Firefox (i.e. Firefox 7) until it's stable.

p.s. Firefox 7 is about 10percent faster than Firefox 5 and Firefox 8 is about 20percent faster than Firefox 5 according to a site i read.

I am using the Dev channel of Chrome and in my opinion it's way better than Firefox at this point, especially with flash.

We need Firefox 7 asap to stop the world /web domination of Google. Currently Firefox is still lacking behind. But Hopefully Firefox 7 would makes us at least equal or better then Chrome.

iwod said,
We need Firefox 7 asap to stop the world /web domination of Google. Currently Firefox is still lacking behind. But Hopefully Firefox 7 would makes us at least equal or better then Chrome.

Firefox is already way better than Chrome..with unlimited addons and no hidden options under the engine Chrome is what needs to be improved

iwod said,
We need Firefox 7 asap to stop the world /web domination of Google. Currently Firefox is still lacking behind. But Hopefully Firefox 7 would makes us at least equal or better then Chrome.

For us, users, the main goal is to get even faster/reliable browser. For Mozilla, I think the main goal would be at least to stop leaking users ( if there is a tiny portion.) Chrome anyway, as it seems, absorbs users mostly from IE' pool and all other small, insignificant browsers. It's my humble opinion though.

Edited by Pro Deo et Patria, Aug 2 2011, 3:06pm :

muratoner said,

Firefox is already way better than Chrome..with unlimited addons and no hidden options under the engine Chrome is what needs to be improved

about:flags not count?

thommcg said,

about:flags not count?

they're still hidden and not so much customizable as Firefox.The only upside of Chrome is that it's fast.I couldn't even find a flash video downloader addon like Downloadhelper that FF has.

muratoner said,

they're still hidden and not so much customizable as Firefox.The only upside of Chrome is that it's fast.I couldn't even find a flash video downloader addon like Downloadhelper that FF has.

Yea, because there aren't any number of a million websites to that same thing.

SharpGreen said,

Yea, because there aren't any number of a million websites to that same thing.

i don't know what you mean by that...i shouldn't have to go through a million websites to get the video file i'm playing.

After the major overhaul of version 4, it keeps getting better, with less bugs and more optimized. Certainly, time was needed.

The Beta channel is extremely stable. These versions passing through several tests. If anyone would like to try, is safe in my opinion.

Anyhow, version 7 will be much more interesting. It will concentrate on even better performance and much less memory usage. Not that I faced problem with memory usage; just saying. Also, better Hardware Acceleration will come, but, I don't know whether all these features/improvements together will be ready for 7. I'm cautious a bit.