[How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

firefox 5 beta image [How To] Download Firefox 5 Beta Before Official Release

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….


Top 10 Features of Chrome 10!

Google Chrome Top 10 Features of Chrome 10!

Here comes an yet another new version of Google Chrome. Google today updated chrome to version 10 with some great features and improvements.

Three weeks back only Google had updated its beta version to Chrome 10 and as said before, Google has stuck to its base rule of release new copy of Google Chrome once in every six weeks!

Here are the speedier, simpler and safer Chrome 10 features,

#1. New version of V8

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With today’s stable release, even your most complex web apps will run more quickly and responsively in the browser. For the curious, this boost corresponds to a 66% improvement in JavaScript performance on the V8 benchmark suite.

#2. In-tab Settings Page

Google Chrome 11 gets an in-tab settings page by default. Rather than opening settings in dialog box Chrome now opens it in tab.

Google also added a search box that shows you the settings you’re looking for, as you type.

#3. Separate Direct Link for Each Setting

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You can goto settings page by typing chrome://settings/ on omnibox. It does not end here. Now user can jump directly to Basic setting page through chrome://settings/browser, personal stuff through chrome://settings/personal and under the hood through chrome://settings/advanced URL.

#4. Improved security

Google has made some security updates by adding malware reporting and disabling outdated plugins by default.

#5. Sandboxed Adobe Flash

Finally, you will be even safer as you speed around the web. Google extended Chrome’s sandboxing technology to the integrated Flash Player in Chrome. So if you are using Windows Vista or newer versions, you will benefit from the additional layer of protection against malicious webpages.

#6. Chrome Sync now enabled by default

After Firefox, Chrome gets an sync feature enabled by default. For those of you who save your passwords in the browser, you can now quickly log on to the websites you frequent even when you switch computers, by simply synchronizing those passwords across your computers.

You can also encrypt those passwords with your own secret passphrasefor extra security. To enable sync on each of your computers, visit the “Personal Stuff” section in Chrome’s settings (or just type “sync” in the settings search box).

User can also choose to sync bookmarks, extensions, preferences, themes and more!!

#7. GPU Accelerated Video

This release also includes a preliminary implementation of GPU-accelerated video. Users with capable graphics hardware should see a significant decrease in CPU usage. In full screen mode, CPU usage may decrease by as much as 80%!

This means better battery life so you can keep going!

#8. Background WebApps

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Google also adds a feature to run WebApps in background just similar to extensions.

#9. webNavigation extension API

#10.  Scores above 300 in HTML5 Test!

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Well Google Chrome became a first browser to cross 300+ points out of 400 in HTML5 test. Here points speaks about the supportable HTML5 tags.

Tech Link: HTML5 test

These are the top 10 features we got in Chrome 10 stable version! Google never stopped adding great features to its Chrome browser. Hope these features will add up to Chrome’s worldwide user count and keep them more strong in browsers war.

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Google Chrome 9 Build Started!

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A week back Google released Chrome 7 stable version. Two weeks back Chrome 8 build started. What can you except more? Don’t you think Google Chromium team is tired? But Google says “we aren’t!“.

Google is back again. Oh! When they went back right? Yeah! Just two days back we wrote Chrome 8 first beta will be out next week. And we even got a news that Chrome 9 Build will start from November! What happened suddenly?

Here we got yet another Chromium version. First sightings of Chrome 9 are already here. Today Google moved their Chromium 8 tag to Chromium 9. Which indicated that Chrome 9 build started, though it may take as long as a couple of weeks before a dev channel build is released.

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Chrome developers are currently working on the Chrome 8 beta which may go live as early as next week. This makes sense since the Google Chrome 7 beta has been promoted to the stable channel this week.

As you all know Google is working on its strategy on new Chrome version in every six weeks which cleared that we may see Chrome 9 by this year end or at least a beta version.

The stable version of Google Chrome 8 be available by the end of November, which means that Google Chrome 9 may be available by the end of the year, though that would be even faster than the new six-weeks development cycle Google recently switched to.

Chromium developer Jason Kersey hinted as before,

As part of our goal to make the 6 week release cycle feasible, we are working to keep developers time spent on each release branch as short as possible.  This allows for more feature and bug work on the trunk, and more coverage of the trunk with dev channels.  To achieve this, I’m working to shorten the beta cycle for this release as much as possible.

This hinted that Chromium 9 build will be started soon!

Well watch out this place for more info. We will be updating you every move of Chromium team!


Google Chrome 9 Build Starts From November

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We think no one can stop Google! The pace they are in now, we feel Google Chrome will soon become strongest competitor for Firefox and Internet Explorer in few months down the line.

Yesterday Google released first ever stable version of Chrome 7 browser. Chrome 7 is mainly updated for Mac and Linux users and the only change we saw in windows was, they have added more security for cookies.

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Release of Chrome 7 stable yesterday confirmed that Google is working really hard towards Chrome browser under Chromium tag. Its not done. You wondering what about Chrome 8?

Well as soon as Chrome 7 hit beta version Google changed they Chromium 7 track to Chromium 8 which will end up given another best browser Chrome 8. There are many features being tested in Chrome 8 under Lab feature.

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Some of our article which covered Chrome 8 Build story from day 1,

Google is gearing up to deliver yet another major version of kits open source browser this year, namely Chrome 9.0, or at least to get early adopters a taste.

Anthony Laforge, Chrome Technical Program Manager revealed following information,

Howdy folks,

We’re 41 days away from the branch point for mstone:9 and we have 1236 open bugs, at the time of this note.  Given our open and close rates we will need to punt approximately 956 bugs in order to be ready for 9.0 which as a rule of thumb means 4 out of every 5 bugs we have needs to be moved out. Once we hit branch point only ReleaseBlock-* bugs will be accepted (i.e. crash, security, and bugs to disable features).

Part of this new release cycle is a better focus on scope management, and tightly managing what goes into our releases will help to make us more predictable.  I appreciate your help and patience as we transition to this new system.  I realize that it’s not without some discomfort, but you guys have done a great job thus far, and I trust that when we are past these initial bumps the road will be smoother.

Kind Regards,

Anthony Laforge
Technical Program Manager
Mountain View, CA

Think we no need to explain anything more about Chrome 9 plan as it is crystal clear in above sentences. Google might not be able to wrap up Chrome 9.0 by the end of 2010, but early adopters are sure to get a Chromium 9.0 build in the near future, followed by a Dev and perhaps even a Beta release of Chrome 8.0’s successor.

Lots features has been moved to Chrome 9 and it will be one of the big release by Chrome developers which may arrive early next year.

Sometimes it is easier predicting the weather of next month than what features will make it into the next Chrome release.


Google Chrome 8 Gets Instant Search As Option!

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Google Chromium team is working really hard towards the future releases on Chrome browser. Just a week back we got next big release Chrome 7’s first ever stable beta, which indicated just a fews days to go for final Chrome 7.

Do you Google started relaxing for a while? Nope! Google doesn’t like relaxing. As soon as we got the beta version of Chrome 7, Chromium team moved step ahead towards Chrome . Yes, they really.

On October 9th Chromium team released the first ever build version under Chromium 8 tag. Recently Chromium team also delivered dev version of Chrome 8. Well as expected some new features has been integrated as lab features.

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Chrome 7 got Instant search integrated in it. Many hardcore Chrome 8 users like me thought that Chromium team is taking off Google Instant Search in Chrome 8. But chromium team is trying to add this feature as user friendly. Google Instant search is getting integrated in settings/options tab as shown in above image.

Tech Note: As of now Chrome 8 build version has this feature. Chrome 8 dev version is yet to get it!

Chromium team is working really hard towards GPU Acceleration which every browser like Firefox 4,Internet Explorer 9, Opera 10.70 and Safari are looking forward to.
#3. Print Preview

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One of the missing feature from Chrome 1 to 7 is getting integrated in Chrome 8. Till Chrome 7 their was no print preview option. Now Google chromium team added in-tab preview of a print operation as a lab feature.

Well these are the latest features added by Chromium team to Chrome 8 in just 6 days! There are many features to come out of Chrome browser.

Watch out this space for more updates!

As we ask every time, what you say about this quick move by Chromium team? Ready to update and get adapted to new version in every six weeks? Raise your voice through our comment box icon razz Google Chrome 8 Gets Instant Search As Option!