Mozilla, the developer of Firefox, will finally release their much awaited Firefox 4 web browser this 22nd of March 2011 after having been delayed for many months. Its upcoming release was probably initiated by Microsoft’s release of its Internet Explorer 9 last Monday, March 14, 2011. Firefox 4 (after having 12 beta releases, 1 release candidate, and months of hard work) is finally ready to join and compete in the browser war.
The truth is Firefox 4 was set out to be released last October or November of 2010. However, the delay was due to the fine-tuning of new features including the integration of graphics hardware acceleration – a delay which is highly welcome. With the final release of Firefox 4, it is now capable of taking advantage of high-powered graphics card so it can provide its browser the leverage in rendering complex on-site graphics.
Firefox 4 introduces several changes in its web browser. If you’ve managed to test drive the beta releases or release candidate of Firefox 4, you will notice that it is much faster than previous releases and that its interface is now much cleaner with simplified menus. This simplicity allows the user to be more focused on the content. With Firefox 4, you can also create App Tabs that are pinned on top of the browser. Each pinned App Tabs represent applications or website you always call upon, such as Facebook, Gmail, or Twitter.
The March 22nd release may not be the “final release date” if the developers currently testing the release candidate come across any serious issues or bugs that need to be sorted out. However, if there are no issues found, you can expect the browser war to heat up even more.