Friday, October 16, 2009

Firefox 3.6 Beta 1 ready for download, with Windows 7 and accelerometer support

The Mozilla 3.6 Beta 1 is ready for download.

The interface has obviously gone through a lot of work, as our first experience showed a remarkable difference in the current FF 3.5 we are running and the 3.6 beta. The start-up from a cold boot has gotten much faster – still not as fast as IE or Google Chrome, but it is no longer a noticeable delay.

There is some more eye-candy in the form of preview panes in the default Ctrl+Tab scrolling. A small preview pane, much like what you would get with Alt+Tab in Windows, shows up with all your tabs in it. Quite handy, but not a feature that wowed us given that other extensions were already doing this.

Windows 7 support
“For those who missed the news, in Windows 7, some applications can now show their tabs directly on the Windows task bar, allowing for easier tab management. On a personal note, I absolutely hate this feature: Applications added tabs to reduce the clutter on the task bar, and Windows now find a way to sneak them in nonetheless!

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