Firefox 4 Released

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 | Business | by

The official release of Firefox 4 is today.

Slightly late to join the pack with some of the features.

Since the last major update of Firefox there have been 10 releases of Chrome.

Some of the new features have already been released in other browsers:

  • Bookmark sync (Chrome even has a more thorough sync feature)
  • Faster JS engine – every browser now sports a “faster” javascript engine with every release
  • Partial hardware acceleration – other browsers have better hardware support
  • Simplified interface – everyone has it, welcome to the club.  It just doesn’t feel as cleanly done as Chrome.

There’s really nothing groundbreaking or exciting about this release.  I just keep thinking I have to support yet another browser in web testing.

I think the “Firefox” menu is awkwardly placed, looks too much like a tab.  The launch screen just doesn’t feel as polished as Chrome.  F6 doesn’t go to the “awesome bar”.

I just see this as the last major step before Firefox fades away into internet history.

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