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Mozilla launches Firefox Beta 6, seems to be in an awful lot of hurry

Continuing with their newly adopted speedy release cycle for Firefox, Mozilla has now launched the first beta for the Firefox 6 desktop browser for Windows, Mac and Linux based computers along with the Android version.

The following are the list of changes in the desktop version of Firefox 6:

  • Add-ons Manager with Plugin Check: Check that your plugins are up-to-date directly from the Add-ons Manager
  • Improved Panorama Groups: Reduces browser startup time by only loading saved tab groups when you use Panorama
  • Improved Address Bar: Highlights the domain name of the website you’re visiting to make it easy to identify where you are online
  • Streamlined site identity block
  • The Scratchpad: Quickly build and test JavaScript snippets in the browser
  • Support for Web Sockets with a prefixed API
  • Movable Web Console
  • New Web developer-specific menu
  • Window.matchMedia API
  • Support for server-sent events

As for the Android version, the changes include:

  • New initial experience: Firefox starts faster and uses less memory. Get to your home page quickly and discover browser features on the side panels.
  • Higher-quality image scaling: View crisp Web pages and images with less pixelation
  • Enhanced Firefox experience on large screen tablets
  • Improvements to the form helper on Android
  • Fresh visual style on Gingerbread OS
  • Optimization for pages that use right to left layout rendering, e.g. in Hebrew and Arabic
  • Touch Events for better interaction with Web pages
  • IndexedDB allows Web pages to store data offline for faster access
  • Automatic text hyphenation

Click here to download the latest beta for Firefox 6. Alternatively, if you are running a previous version, use the built-in update function.

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