The long awaited release of the new Mozilla Firefox browser is expected March 22nd. While the release candidate is currently available here, expect the final shipping version next week barring any major bug fixes or reported issues.
This new upgraded release of Firefox promises to be the best yet with many user interface, security and technology enhancements. Here is a list of the what you can expect from Mozilla’s latest browser.
The new browser promises a cleaner and simplified look.
- The URL bar now features a combined load, stop and reload button similar to Chrome and other browsers
- The Tab bar has been moved above the main URL bar
- A single Firefox button gives you access to main menu features, comparable to the look of the Microsoft Office button
- App tabs gives you quick access to frequently visited sites and applications by simply pinning your content
- Panorama allows you to use a drag and drop interface to manage and organize tabs
Firefox 4 is a more secure browsing environment thanks to some new tools.
- A “do not track” feature lets you quickly opt out of ad-based tracking
- Content Security Policy (CSP) is designed to shut down scripting attacks from other sites
- Firefox can automatically establish secure connections when prompted by websites during session logins
Some of the most sought after features relate to technology updates.
- Advanced HTML 5 support using a brand new compiler with full support for web-based video, drag and drop, file handling and audio
- WebGL 3D graphics for advanced visualization
- HD and WebM video support
- CSS3 support including features like Transitions and Transformations
- Support for more file formats including SVG Filters and Ogg Vorbis
To download the Firefox 4 RC release, follow this link.