While everyone waits for the final build of Firefox 4, Mozilla has not yet forgotten previous versions and have released security updates for both, Firefox 3.6 and 3.5 branches.
Both releases fix a total of 10 security related vulnerabilities (8 critical) as well as several stability bugs.
It’s the 1st of March already, so let’s dive into February market share data.
With the release of Internet Explorer 9 RC, Microsoft has taken some share back, up from 56.00% to 56.77% (0.77 point increase).
While everyone awaits the final version of Firefox 4, an open source web browser continues the downtrend, from 22.75% to 21.74% (1.01 point decrease).
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This is it; the final Beta version of Firefox 4 has been released to public.
Although you might expect only bug fixes (nearly 700 of them), Mozilla has also managed to improve the performance when viewing Flash content, plugin compatibility when hardware acceleration is enabled as well as performance, stability and compatibility.
Furthermore, according to the changelog, when hovering link, the URL will now be displayed at the bottom of the window instead of the location bar.
Thanks, Jeff, RamaSubbu SK, Shane Bundy!
With the upcoming desktop browser release, Mozilla Foundation also plans to ship the Final version of Firefox 4 for Android in few weeks.
Furthermore, during an interview at the Mobile World Congress, Mozilla’s vice president of products, Jay Sullivan said that there will be about 150 mobile add-ons available during the launch.
Nokia N900 users shouldn’t be worried too as Firefox 4 Mobile will be available for devices running Maemo operating system as well.
Jay Sullivan has also commented on much anticipated Firefox 5 build, which according to him:
Will be a much quicker release cycle but it will have fewer features, but it will be more agile and more reactive to the issues that are facing the market.
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Even though the Final version of Firefox 4 has not yet been released, Mozilla team is already working on a new UI functionality for the upcoming Firefox 5 (targeted this year) browser.
One of the few new features is tab coloring by favicon (which for some users might be a headache (if can’t be disabled)).
It looks like the development of Firefox 4 is doing well as Mozilla now plans to release the RC build of an open-source web browser later next week on February 25th.
However, don’t forget Beta 12 which should be landing shortly.
As for the Final version, it is targeted for the March release.