Skip to main content

Firefox 4 Beta 9 available, ready for testing

Firefox 4 Beta 9 brings a host of cool new features to Firefox. It’s faster to launch, includes  new bookmarking.

Firefox 4 Beta 9 is built to meet the demands of today’s Web users. It offers greater control over browsing, with brand new features such as the App Tabs and Panorama to make it easier to navigate the web and visit your favorite sites. Firefox 4 Beta 9 also includes performance enhancements that speed up the popular browser,  making everything faster from start-up time to page-load speed and the performance of Web applications and games.

Also included in this release, Firefox Sync is integrated into the browser, giving you access to your Awesome Bar history, bookmarks, open tabs and passwords across computers and smartphones.

Firefox 4 Beta 9 makes it easier for web developers to create apps and Websites. This release includes full support for HTML5, WebM and HD video, 3D graphic rendering with WebGL, hardware acceleration and the Mozilla Audio API to help create visual experiences for sound.

Firefox currently has 400 million users worldwide and relies on the feedback and testing from its community. If you’d like to test this release, you simply need to update your version of Firefox and report issues with anything from games, video and music to graphics and forms through the Feedback button on the browser.

Firefox 4 is an important release for Mozilla in an increasingly competitive landscape. Google Chrome already has roughly 10% of the browser market and IE 9 has corrected many of the errors of its predecessors. Firefox has surpassed IE in Europe, but in order to keep up the pace, the open source browser relies heavily on feedback from its users.

Editors' Recommendations

Laura Khalil
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Laura is a tech reporter for Digital Trends, the editor of Dorkbyte and a science blogger for PBS. She's been named one of…
Firefox gets a massive design overhaul, and it’s gorgeous
Mozilla Firefox opened on a desktop.

Mozilla's Firefox web browser has gotten a new look. Now rolling out in version 89 is a massive redesign, putting simplified design, cleaner menus, and tab pages front and center.

The biggest change to Firefox in years, Mozilla believes these visual updates will "get you where you want to go even faster." That's because the core experiences of the browser have all been updated so that things are easier to use --- from the toolbar, streamlined menus, updated prompts, and a new floating tabs system.

Read more
I finally switched from Chrome to Mozilla Firefox — and you should too
mozilla firefox chrome review comparison 2020 mozillafirefoxcomentillustration

I have been in an on-and-off relationship with Mozilla Firefox for the past five years. Every time I’d get ecstatic over a major new Firefox update -- hoping to, at long last, break free from the hegemony of Google Chrome -- my hopes would be crushed as soon as I began browsing the web like I normally do.

Firefox's performance would fall noticeably short and struggle to keep up with my workflow, sending me scurrying back to Google Chrome after a few minutes of poking around. No matter how compelling the rest of Mozilla’s offerings were, they could never convince me to hit that "Yes" button whenever Firefox asked whether I’d like to set it as my default browser. Catching up to Chrome almost started to seem like a far-fetched goal for Firefox -- until recently.

Read more
Firefox for desktop will hide those pesky notification permission pop-ups
storyblocks creative survey generations businessman working from home on laptop  sitting balcony

Unless you’ve dived into your settings to deal with them, browsing the web means having to battle with those irritating notification permission requests that want to serve up site announcements or even ads.

Sure, you can deal with these requests in a click or two, but it’s still an unwelcome interruption that can prevent what should be an annoyance-free surfing experience.

Read more