Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Download Firefox 4 Beta Now. It is FAST!

Firefox 4 beta is now available for download now and it is few times faster than previous version. Users are also encouraged to give feedback about the beta version.
Firefox 4 has a slicker look and tab bar is at the top by default. Some new features are Firefox settings synchronization, tabs organizer, and new add-on manager that opens in tab.
A major improvement of Firefox 4 Beta is the huge performance enhancements (few times better than Firefox 3.x).

Refer to the chart below:
firefox 4 performance
I downloaded the Firefox 4 beta 10 for Mac OS X version. In order to test Firefox 4 beta in production, I have set Firefox as my default browser (I was using Google Chrome as default web browser).
In my test, loading Facebook.com is about 1 second faster than Google Chrome. The memory usage is well kept under 300MB, while Google Chrome is a memory monster!
In a nutshell, I like Firefox 4 and I will try it for a longer time to see if Firefox will return to be my permanent default browser or not.

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