A Look At Firefox 4 Beta 1

Here are a few screenshots of Firefox 4 on Windows.

Firefox_4_b1_addons Firefox_4_b1_maximized Firefox_4_b1_tabs_below Firefox_4_b1

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Some observations:

  • Firefox really feels faster than 3. It starts so much faster, and is generally more responsive. It’s not Chrome or Opera fast, but it’s way faster than Firefox old.
  • The new theme has the benefit that, when maximized on Windows, the Firefox button actually DOES grab the top left pixel of the screen. In Chrome, that pixel is still reserved for the oldschool Windows icon menu.
  • Alas, it seems the fullscreen “tab moves to the top” feature which we got a blurry look of a few weeks ago, hasn’t yet been implemented. I expect it to, though.
  • With the addition of the Firefox button, menus now feel even more obsolete.

4 thoughts on “A Look At Firefox 4 Beta 1”

  1. The new theme has the benefit that, when maximized on Windows, the Firefox button actually DOES grab the top left pixel of the screen.

    Thing is, you’d want the tabs to be right at the edge of the screen too, and the Firefox button next to them.

    1. Joen says:

      Thing is, you’d want the tabs to be right at the edge of the screen too, and the Firefox button next to them.

      Yeah, but I’m convinced this is in the workings. In fact, I’ve seen a few lifehacker chrome.css hacks, which not only changes the firefox button color, but moves the tabs to the way top.

      1. Joen,

        Ooooh let’s hope so!

        1. Joen says:

          James John Malcolm,

          The problem is, as of now, when you move the tabs to the top, they stay there whether Firefox is maximized or not.

          Here’s the link:

          http://lifehacker.com/5581224/change-firefox-4s-toolbar-button-color-or-make-it-transparent

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