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Daily Dose: Firefox 4 Almost Here!

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Mozilla has released their RC version of Firefox 4 as Microsoft is releasing the finished version of IE9. New CSS3 features are supported, like Transitions and Transformations, making it easy to add animations to web pages.  Firefox 4 has a faster startup time thanks to the the XPCOM module. Support is provided for HTML5 audio, video, drag/drop, and file handling. Users can download the new Firefox 4 here.

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James Jamesson replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 12:19am

"Mozilla has released their final version of Firefox 4, beating Microsoft's IE9 release by a few short hours"

I think it is time to ditch dzone for good. Firefox 4 is not released. It is out of beta meaning "a release candidate". On the other hand, IE9 is released. I am removing your news feed from my reader.

Zqudlyba Navis replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 1:53am

Fail. It's a "Release Candidate", not Final.

Valdemar Júnior replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 7:47am

So, Microsoft beat Mozilla and at the moment of this post, firefox4 still is RC

Catalin Strimbei replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 8:09am

I've just look at my About Firefox Window ... it is just 4.0 ... not RC ... not beta ... nothing. It is not 4.0 official ?!?

Valdemar Júnior replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 8:38am

The file's name is firefox-4.0rc1.tar.bz2, so I understand is Release Candidate, now I'm confusing.

Katie Mckinsey replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 8:50am

The mistake has been corrected.  When I updated my Firefox browser it just showed 4.0. I assumed it was the final release, not the release candidate.

Valdemar Júnior replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 10:34am

I undo my vote to "thumbs up". Congrats by post Katie.

Mitch Pronschinske replied on Tue, 2011/03/15 - 3:59pm

I also thought it was the final release when mine updated.  I noticed the tabs had sharper corners.

Jonathan Berkowitz replied on Tue, 2011/08/30 - 3:37pm

JavaScript will now run up to three times as fast, along with faster core processing bringing Firefox up to par with the likes of Internet Explorer 9 and Google Chrome. -Jonathan Berkowitz

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