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Firefox 4 Is Faster, Cleaner, More Secure

The latest version of the open-source Mozilla Web browser has finally arrived and it is a welcome upgrade. Firefox 4 includes a revamped look and feel, faster performance, strong standards support, and enhanced privacy controls. As far as features go, Firefox 4 compares well with browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 and Google's Chrome, and the large library of extensions and add-ons for Firefox make it the most extendable and customizable of modern Web browsers. With all other major




One of the first things that users who download and install the new Firefox 4 will notice is the interface, which has undergone a full overhaul. Taking a cue from Google Chrome, Firefox 4 now puts tabs up top and has also removed menus in favor of a single tool button. The Firefox 4 interface also is cleaner overall, and has combined the stop and reload buttons into a single button.

After a long beta process, the latest version of the open-source Mozilla Web browser has finally arrived. Firefox 4 includes a completely new interface, improved performance, strong standards support, and new privacy controls. With all other major browsers having recently released new versions, this also means that the current generation of browsers all represent the latest in cutting edge Web technologies, including support for the emerging HTML 5 standard.

In many ways, Firefox 4 is now the safe, reliable, and capable choice of browser. If someone wants to stay away from IE (or wants to run a modern browser on Windows XP) but is turned off by the constant and rapid state of change in Chrome, Firefox is probably the best choice. But that doesn't mean that Firefox doesn't have some interesting new features.

As far as features go, Firefox 4 compares well with browsers such as Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 and Google's Chrome and the large library of extensions and add-ons for Firefox make it the most extendable and customizable of modern Web browsers. While Firefox 4 has improved on the performance of previous versions, in many tests the Mozilla browser is still behind faster competitors such as Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Opera. Still, the overall improvements in Firefox 4, along with its feature-set, make it a good browser option and a welcome upgrade.

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Instead of the standard menus, the new Firefox 4 interface features a Firefox button from which users can access settings and other browser functions.



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Not every user of Firefox 4 will see the full new interface, which is only available on Windows 7, Vista, and Linux. For example, Windows XP users will see this more traditional menu-based Firefox interface.



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Firefox 4 integrates search into the address bar and users can also switch to tabbed windows containing the search term.



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The App Tab feature lets users configure sites as App Tabs, which assigns and icon to the site and keeps it to the far left of the tabbed window bar.



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With the new Panorama feature in Firefox 4, users can view previews of open tabs and can also create groups of tabbed sites.



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The bookmark bar in Firefox has been replaced with a Bookmark button, which displays bookmarked pages and allows for bookmark management.



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Firefox 4 includes a new Add-on management interface, displaying settings for add-ons and extensions in a tabbed page rather than a pop-up management window.



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With the Firefox Sync feature, users can share settings and content across browsers on different systems, though users will need to create an online account.



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Content that can be synced between different browsers includes bookmarks, passwords, histories, preferences and tab groups.



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