Firefox 4 Thoughts and Review

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This week, Matthew is going to give you a little preview of Firefox 4 Beta 7. He wants all of you to see why he believes Firefox is most definitely still in the running for best browser available.

The only issue Matt has seen is that Aero crashes when he opens this Beta. Mozilla has integrated a lot of new features and a nice speed boost. One of the nicest inclusions is the way you can organize your tabs now. This gives you a visual overview of all open tabs, allowing them to be sorted and grouped. Additionally, your tabs are now on top by default.

You can search for and switch to already open tabs in the Smart Location Bar. There’s a new Addons manager which makes it much easier for you to sift through your extensions and decide what you want to enable, disable or update. The Bookmarks Toolbar has been replaced with a Bookmarks Button by default (you can switch it back if you’d like). And, the stop and reload buttons have been merged into a single button.

There are many other improvements to this already powerful browser. Have you checked out the new beta yet? What are your thoughts?

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5 thoughts on “Firefox 4 Thoughts and Review”

  1. I tried the beta and it was ok, but I am gonna wait until the final version comes out. When I had the beta, I actually switched all the UI elements around to be like they have been in Firefox 2 and 3, because it just felt foreign to have things moved around. I give it props for letting us do that.

  2. I love Firefox because it allows extensions which add useful features. In fact, some of my extensions give me some of the new features in the latest beta of Firefox. Unfortunately, many of my favorite extensions are not upgraded to run on the beta version of Firefox, so I will wait until Firefox 4 is released.

  3. I did not care for some of the changes in 4.07.
    – Traditionally, when you mouse over a link, that link address appeared in the bottom of the window. With beta 4.07 it was moved to the tail end of the address bar. This may work with short addresses, but fails horribly with long ones (for example, the address in the bar in my browser is 147characters… does not leave much room to see where the new link is going to).
    – On my Win7 machine, each tab appears as an icon on my task bar. If I have 2 Firefox windows open, I want 2 icons, not 8 icons (even tiled) showing the 2 tabs in one window and the 6 from the other.
    – Conflicts with my video driver (Nvidia, for what that is worth) that did not exist with earlier versions. The web page being displayed, or sections of it, will get all jumbled. If I scroll so the jumbled portion goes off-screen, then scroll back to see it, it is readable.

  4. I really don’t like the changes to the main tabs as they are much larger even though they have been changed to small, they are too big. The worst part is the entire bar is now a dark gray with various lighter spots throughout and that really is something I really dislike. It seems everyone is trying to make eye candy instead of simple, fast, forget the crap fat that Microsoft adopted years ago with Windows. Bloated browsers are not needed, slow to react, slower is not better. Too many unnecessary features which are more annoying than helpful.

    1. The UI changes don’t really add bloat. In fact, Google Chrome’s UI is much more simple – and it’s far more bloated (as a binary). You’re bringing up aesthetics, which is an entirely different issue.

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