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Tuesday, August 16, 2011



FF 6 came out of beta a while ago, but I passed on it because of plug in incompatibilities. The plug-ins are my main reason for using one browser over another and if the ones I want don't work I refuse to upgrade until they do.

Jim Howard

That is also the reason I have not been using it. I also use the addon plug-ins and few would work with the beta. In fact only one or two are now working with the new release.


Firefox 7.0 beta was released today. I didn't have much problem with the beta of 6.0 but about half my add-ons aren't compatible with 7.0 so I won't be using it until the developers have time to catch up. I wonder why they would bring out a new beta version only two days after 6.0 came out in its final form? The only information I saw was that it was for "improved security".


Well, I did some homework and found this on the Mozilla site. Most of it is under the hood. Not much new with the user interface that I can see.

What’s New in Firefox Beta

The latest version of Firefox Beta has the following changes:

Drastically improved memory use
Added a new rendering backend to speed up Canvas operations on Windows systems
Bookmark and password changes now sync almost instantly when using Firefox Sync
Added support for text-overflow: ellipsis
Added support for the Web Timing specification
Added an opt-in system for users to send performance data back to Mozilla to improve future versions of Firefox. This can be enabled by installing an add-on
Fixed several stability issues

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