Firefox 5 First Beta Available: Some New Features, Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements [Download Links]

by Jawwad in Firefox, Internet, News, Software | 0 comments


image8 | Firefox 5 First Beta Available: Some New Features, Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements [Download Links]

After a few days delay (from the planned release schedule) finally Mozilla has released the first official beta of the Firefox 5.0. As we mentioned some time ago that based on their experiences with the Firefox 4 delays, Mozilla is shifting to a more rapid release cycle with the Firefox 5, 6 and future versions. Idea is to include only some incremental/small improvements in each new version but bring it to the market much faster. This is somewhat similar to the Google Chrome release cycle. Based on the quick impressions it seems that there is nothing substantial that has changed in the Firefox 5.0 beta except some small things such as browser now supports CSS animations, support for switching Firefox development channels, The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability, improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance.

Here is the list of key changes as provided by Mozilla team:

  • Added support for switching Firefox development channels
  • The Do-Not-Track header preference has been moved to increase discoverability
  • Improved canvas, JavaScript, memory, and networking performance
  • Improved standards support for HTML5, XHR, MathML, SMIL, and canvas
  • Improved spell checking for some locales
  • Improved desktop environment integration for Linux users

Complete list of changes in the Firefox 5 is available here. In particular, I like the fact that you can switch between the three currently available development channels (Aurora, beta and release). So, for example even if you downloaded a beta version of the Firefox 5, you can later switch to the Aurora channel (if you want to be on the cutting edge with exciting new features/tweaks that may or may not be fully stable yet to make to the beta channel ). You can get the Firefox 5 beta here.

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