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[How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

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As you all know Mozilla has changed its recycle cycle and cut down to release new version of Firefox once in every 3months. And as per the latest rapid release cycle Mozilla has reached the beta release date for Firefox 5.

Firefox 5 Beta will be released on May 17, 2011 i.e. tomorrow.

Mozilla Firefox is moving to a rapid release development cycle to deliver new features, performance enhancements, security updates and stability improvements to users faster. To help with this, Mozilla recently launched the Firefox Aurora channel to give users more opportunities to participate in building Firefox. The Aurora channel is where users can test early stage features for future versions of Firefox without all the polish and stability of a beta release.

But here we got a small feature which was added in Aurora build of Firefox few weeks back called as “Channel Switcher“. Using this Channel Switcher, users can change the channel to get beta which in turn updated your Aurora build to Firefox 5 beta.

5 steps to get Firefox 5 beta using Aurora?

Following are the steps you should follow to get Firefox 5 Beta before the official release,

  • Step 1: Download Firefox Aurora Build

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  • Step 2: Open the About Dialog

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  • Step 3: Click on “Change” as highlighted in below image.

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  • Step 4: Choose Beta from the drop down

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  • Step 5: Click on “Apply and Update” button to get Firefox 5 Beta

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This beta version has been released unofficially some time ago. If you had already downloaded then you are already on beta path.

Following are the Firefox releases scheduled for tomorrow,

  • Firefox 3.7 (pre-release builds of a1-a5)
  • Firefox 4.0b (beta builds 1- 12)
  • Firefox 4.0.1 beta
  • Firefox 5.0b1 (test beta)

If you are already using Aurora build of Firefox browser, you will not receive the beta update notification as it offers “Channel Switcher” option for manual update. Mozilla also said even Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 (final release) users will also not receive a beta notification.

Either you can follow the steps mentioned above to taste the Firefox 5 Beta or you should wait for official release.

Well we hope Mozilla is going to give tough competition to Google Chrome with their rapid release cycle. We are excited to watch this browser war icon smile [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release How about you? Share your thoughts….

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Tab Candy for Google Chrome – TooManyTabs

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Shocked? Even we are! From the day we got Tab Candy feature in Firefox 4 beta 4 we were exploring many media sites to check whether the same feature will be implemented in Chrome browser. But we came to know Google is not planning for something like that as of now!

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Tab Candy is a feature added in Firefox to help organize your browsing. With one keystroke Tab Candy shows an overview of all tabs to allow you to quickly locate and switch between them. Tab Candy also lets you group tabs to organize your work flow.

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Mozilla team took sometime in implementing this feature on Firefox 4. Finally on August 24, 2010 we got a much awaited tab candy feature on Firefox 4 beta 4. Something different, something new and it is one of a best innovation by Firefox.

What’s next? Over? Nope! We have been seeing all the latest browser builds Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4, Opera are getting chromified. Firefox 4 always found resembling Chrome. But this time we got a extension which makes Google Chrome resembling Firefox icon razz Tab Candy for Google Chrome   TooManyTabs

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TooManyTabs is a Google Chrome extension which works similar to Tab Candy feature on Firefox. As compared to Tab Candy on Firefox, this extension wont show the opened tabs on new window rather it just pop-up a window displaying all the tabs. The display is similar to Tab candy on Firefox.

Features of TooManyTabs,

1. Long List

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This extension pop-up a window which displays all the currently opened tab on long list as show in the image. Right and left arrow keys are provided to access the tabs which crossed the limit of pop-up window size.

2. Sorting

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User can sort the list by A-Z alphabetic order, by Web Address or by creation time.

3. Import / Export

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As you can create group on Firefox’s Tab Candy you can import and export the tabs list by copying the text provided by extension.

Tech Note: you can avail this feature on other system only by installing same extension.

4. Close any tab

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A small arrow will be displayed next to each tab which can be used to pop out that tab from list, indirectly closes the tab in the browser as well.

5. Suspended Tabs

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Here the idle tabs will be displayed to reduce the overflow of tabs in the list. Doing this the memory will be released.

6. Recently Closed

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As similar to the chrome’s feature of recently closed tabs even this extension will list the links which are recently closed. One advantage is, you can open the closed tab directly. No need to open a new tab on chrome to access the recently closed tabs.

These are some of the great features found on Chrome’s TooManyTabs extension. Hope you will be up to grab this extension. Link provided below,

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Downloaded and Installed? Like this extension? Share you experience with this Tab Candy like extension for Chrome icon smile Tab Candy for Google Chrome   TooManyTabs

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9 Expected Features of Internet Explorer 9

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Microsoft is getting ready to release the first beta version of Internet Explorer 9. September 15, 2010 will be the day where we may see some ultimate changes in web browser war. Or even Internet Explorer may again fail as well. Well the final review is still awaiting.

Development of IE9 began shortly after IE8 had been released. Microsoft began taking features suggestions through Microsoft Connect soon after IE8 was released. On March 16, 2010 Microsoft released first platform preview version of IE9.

Till now Microsoft has released 4 platform previews to help developers and users have a look at the upcoming features in IE9. But recently we saw Google Chrome has update lot many features and saw rapid growth in its market share. Firefox 4 beta 5 tried its best to impress users but found guilty for copying Chrome like features.

Keeping all these things in mind, we started noting down the top 9 ultimate features which can impress its users.

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Internet explorer previous versions used to occupy more window area for its menu, bookmarks and many other things. The browsing window was very small and users had to scroll up and down every time. We expect IE9  comes with a clean browser like Chrome (Firefox has already achieved).

If you start noting how many menu elements Internet explorer is having, it may cross some 25+. IE always proved to be very complicated browser with many unwanted features embedded in it. Hope IE9 comes with reduced and easy to use menu.

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In Google Chrome 6, we saw many shortcuts on the browser screen. Adding important shortcuts for history, bookmarks and etc may attract users as Google Chrome 6 did.

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Recently we found that Google Chrome scored top on HTML 5 test and IE 9 showed very poor performance. In PP4, many of the HTML 5 elements are missing which chrome and Firefox have included. Hope IE9 will support all HTML 5 elements and will be web developer friendly browser.

Hardware (GPU) acceleration appears to be activated by default now in Firefox 4 Beta 5. Google confirmed that Chrome 7 majorly about GPU Acceleration update. If Microsoft integrates GPU Acceleration by default in IE9, we can see high graphical performance and subtle speed increase in graphics-heavy websites. Better GPU Acceleration can steal lot more users towards IE9.

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Developers were having very tough time while developing a website which can perform well in all the versions of Internet Explorer. But lines of code used to grow high and high while previewing the website on all versions after IE6. With the support of CSS3 and older CSS, hope IE9 reduces the work of web developers.

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The main advantage for Google Chromium project and Mozilla’s Firefox is, both are open source project. Using this open source code, software programmers can help Chromium / Firefox team in noting down the bugs and helping in developing best browser.

Many browsers like Hidden Reflex’s Epic Browser used Mozilla source code and Flock is using Chromium 7 code. Feedback from these browsers are helping Google and Mozilla to have error-less browser.

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  • The first IE9 Platform Preview featured support for CSS3 and SVG, a new JScript engine called Chakra, and a scored 55/100 on the Acid3 test, up from 20/100 for IE8.
  • On May 5, 2010, the second IE9 Platform Preview was released, which featured a score of 68/100 on the Acid3 test and faster performance on the WebKit SunSpider JavaScript benchmark than the first IE9 Platform Preview.
  • On June 23, 2010, the third IE9 Platform Preview was released, which featured a score of 83/100 on the Acid3 test and a faster JScript engine than the second IE9 Platform Preview. The third IE9 Platform Preview also includes support for HTML5 audio, video, and canvas tags, and WOFF.
  • On August 4, 2010, the fourth IE9 Platform Preview was released, which features a score of 95/100 on the Acid3 test and a faster JScript engine than the third IE9 Platform Preview.

Acid3 is a test page from the Web Standards Project that checks how well a web browser follows certain selected elements from web standards, especially relating to the Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript. Currently Firefox is scoring 97/100 in acid3 test and Chrome 6 is already on 100/100!!

Hope IE9 achieves 100/100 to say its a perfect browser for upcoming changes in browsing world!

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Last by not least! All Windows XP users are waiting for when Microsoft will say “IE9 is supportable on Windows XP”. If IE9 works on Windows XP machines then for sure it will be a big hit as market share of Windows XP users are still on top.

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If these features will be added to upcoming IE9 no wonder it will beat other browsers. Already Chrome and Firefox has started acquiring the big market share. We saw Google Chrome 6 and Firefox 4 Beta’s with total restructure in their design and some ultimate features as well. Now its time for IE9 to show its new design get back its share icon smile 9 Expected Features of Internet Explorer 9

September 15, 2010 is the date we are all watching for!!

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