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Firefox 4 RC won't hit until 2011
New beta releases will continue

Firefox is one of the most popular browsers out there and Mozilla is always working on new features and upgrades for the browser. Fans of Firefox may have already tried out one of the beta versions of Firefox 4 that have been posted for users to try out while waiting for the final version of the new browser to land next month.

Bad news has come from Mozilla with Mike Beltzner posting to the group on Google Groups that the browser RC was being delayed until early 2011. However, new beta milestones will be released through December as bugs in the browser are fixed by the developers.

Beltzner points out that development is constant on Firefox 4 and progress is being made daily. The final launch date of Firefox 4 will come after the RC lands in early 2011. Beltzner wrote, "The frequent beta releases have been extremely helpful in identifying compatibility issues with existing web content, so we plan on continuing to release beta milestones through the end of December. Our estimate is now that release candidate builds will ship in early 2011, with a final release date close behind. Please note that, as always, this schedule is subject to change based on feedback from users and community members."

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Too Late
By Flunk on 10/28/2010 1:10:34 PM , Rating: 1
It's nice that Mozilla is trying to update Firefox to compete with Chrome but this is getting a bit ridiculous. Chrome will have 2 or possibly 3 releases before we see Firefox 4. Not only that but Firefox 4 beta is still quite a lot slower in benchmarks than the current shipping version of Chrome.

RE: Too Late
By mindless1 on 10/28/2010 2:58:23 PM , Rating: 4
Wouldn't that alone be a reason to keep it in beta?

<Sigh> people don't get it, you don't release something till it is finished. Google is beta everything and it gets VERY annoying when things get changed around just for the sake of changing them.

RE: Too Late
By Flunk on 10/29/2010 2:57:55 PM , Rating: 1
I was referring to the current released version of Chrome (7), which is not a beta. My post is a commentary of the relative positioning of the two browsers.

You can't catch up to someone by moving slower than they are.

RE: Too Late
By adiposity on 10/29/2010 12:40:37 PM , Rating: 2
The current betas are not that fast, true. However, the reports on beta8pre (beta7 is nearly out, but has had lots of delays) are that it is faster than Chrome. Beta6 (the current beta) doesn't have all the speed improvements that are already implemented (but not bug free) for FF4.

I am using beta6 and it's pretty good. The only reason I don't update to beta8pre is that a lot of extensions will stop working.

RE: Too Late
By EnzoFX on 11/1/2010 9:53:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's not all about speed. I can't see myself switching to Chrome anytime soon because of my reliance upon functionality added by extensions, which are generally more comprehensive for FF, than they are for Chrome.

RE: Too Late
By kmmatney on 11/10/2010 11:30:55 AM , Rating: 2
Chrome extensions have improved a lot lately - have you looked into any recent versions of Chrome? You can just about find any extension you need now, and all that I've tried have worked well. Chrome has really improved the last several months.

RE: Too Late
By B3an on 11/2/2010 6:26:13 AM , Rating: 2
Just become Google release Chrome versions far more often does not mean progress on Chrome is any faster (this should be obvious but people dont seem to get it). Both companies work on these browsers daily, Google just have a (silly) version numbering scheme.
For instance, can you name any big changes in Chrome 9? 8? 7? i cant. They're just numbers, nothing more. And wheres the GPU acceleration? It's not in a BETA yet like with IE9 and FF4. It's certainly not going to appear before IE9 and FF have it it seems.

RE: Too Late
By bug77 on 11/4/2010 8:40:02 AM , Rating: 2
7 came with Flashplayer bundled, 8 had 2D hardware acceleration (enabled by default). 9 I haven't had a chance to look at. But their version numbering is as straightforward as it gets: each new major feature gets a new major release.

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