Mozilla announces Firefox 4 Release Candidate

After 12 betas (13 if you used the nightly builds), Mozilla have finally signed off Firefox 4 as a Release Candidate and made it available for download.

In a posting on the Mozilla blog they announced that;

Mozilla Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac and Linux has exited the beta cycle and is now available as a release candidate in more than 70 languages. The millions of users testing Firefox 4 will be automatically updated to this version and will join our Mozilla QA team in validating the new features, enhanced performance and stability and HTML5 capabilities in Firefox 4.

Mozilla have also encouraged testers to put the browser through its paces by visiting the Web O’ Wonder which features cutting-edge demos targeted for Firefox 4. Developers are also invited to submit their own demos to the Mozilla Developer Network Demo Studio.

The Mozilla team also claimed they have fixed more than 8000 bugs since the first beta, putting into perspective the huge task undertaken, and why there were so many beta versions needed.

Firefox 4, based on the Gecko 2.0 engine, brings an updated user interface, new ways to organize tabs, a revamped add-on manager, support for HTML5 video standards, multitouch support on Windows 7 and a range of performance and security enhancements.

You can grab Firefox 4 here.

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stablemist said,
so fx4 RC is bug free? because I remember reading that Mozilla only had 1 bug left to get rid of.

The bug left is about blacklisting the mcafee site advisor addon which claims to be compatible with FF4 but stucks up the browser.

I was looking forward to this.... but as soon as I open it, it immediately goes to not responding and consumes 26% CPU usage.

Boeing 787 said,
Firefox 4 is definitely improved. I like the speedy launch. I hope Firefox 5 is developed quicker.

It will be. =) Their plan is about 3 months, so in Mozilla terms maybe 5-6 months?

It's pretty good, I switched back to FF from Opera. Now, if only there was a way to stack tabs like you can in Opera.

looking good, but they recently updated the tabs layout in a minefield build which puts the tabs at the very top of your monitor, similar to chrome's tabs. hopefully this change will be made in the final??

jasonon said,
looking good, but they recently updated the tabs layout in a minefield build which puts the tabs at the very top of your monitor, similar to chrome's tabs. hopefully this change will be made in the final??

Isn't it like this when you go fullscreen in the RC?

Using it right now, is the little orange button in the top left a Windows only feature? The Linux version doesn't have it.

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