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Binary Turf now offers Windows-optimized builds of 64-bit Firefox 4

Want to squeeze a little extra performance out of Firefox 4 on your Windows machine? Take a look at the builds from Binary Turf, which are optimized for Windows -- and now available in a glorious 64-bit version. I've been running their Firefox 4.0b7 remix all morning, and it definitely feels a bit faster than the current nightly from Mozilla. That could certainly be the placebo effect at work,...

Firefox finally gets "paste and go" in FF4 nightly

Other browsers like Chrome and Opera can do it, and they've been doing it for ages. There are add-ons that let Firefox do it, but if it's such a useful feature, why hasn't it been included out-of-the-box? "It" is paste and go, and like sync functionality, it has finally been permanently bolted on to Firefox. In recent nightly builds of Firefox 4, you can right-click to paste a URL and go to it...

First Firefox 4 candidate build appears in Mozilla nightlies

OK, so at this point the change is little more than bumping a number, but the arrival of a Firefox 4 candidate in the Mozilla FTP is still nice to see. Recently we've seen several changes land in Firefox 4, most noticeably in the default Windows theme which now has tabs-on-top by default. Don't worry, though -- Firefox 4 will be as customizable as it ever was, and you'll be able to switch back...

Firefox gets a sexy new add-ons manager

Mozilla continues to plug away at Firefox.next, and one area they've been working at is the add-on system. Jetpack and Personas have already seen improvements, browser shutdown time has been reduced to almost nothing, and now there's been a major update to the Firefox Add-on Manager. No longer does the manager open in a tiny, new window of its own -- it now opens in a new tab, and you can also...

Latest Firefox nightly adds tab bar-cramping customization

Firefox 3.7's user interface has already undergone a number of changes, from the new theme to the addition of the tab-on-top option. In last night's build, Mozilla has added more customization options to the Firefox toolbars. You can now cram everything into your tab toolbar. Right-click and choose customize, and you're now able to drag-and-drop navigation buttons, the address bar and search...

Firefox 3.7 nightly adds built in option for tabs-on-top

Mozilla's been playing around with interface changes in Firefox 3.7 for a while -- there's the updated default theme and built-in glass support (which made a very brief appearance and has yet to return). In yesterday's nightly build, another UI option appeared: a simple right-click allows you to move your tabs to the top of the browser window. If you've been looking for Opera or Chrome-like,...

Mozilla finally ships new theme elements in Firefox 3.7 nightly build

It's been known for quite some time that Mozilla was planning to re-skin Firefox 3.7. At long last, the old default toolbar icons have finally been replaced in recent nightly Minefield builds. The new icons are nearly identical to the ones we first saw last year in the mockups. Support for Aero transparency hasn't been integrated yet, though it remains part of the 3.7/4.0 Windows Theme...

Mozilla drops Firefox 3.7 (soon to be FF4?) alpha 1

Pre-alpha builds of Firefox 3.7 have been available for quite some time in the Mozilla nightlies, but today marks the arrival of the first official 3.7 alpha. Sure, 3.7 has been dropped from Mozilla's development schedule but that just means that the current Minefield browser will be re-numbered when it's ready for public consumption -- possibly as Firefox 4.0 later this year. So what's new...

Firefox 3.7, now with Windows 7 jumplist support

Now that Windows 7 is just weeks away from hitting retail shelves, more and more applications are beginning to take advantage of the new shell integration features. A while back, Google added jumplist support to Google Chrome. Just days ago, a build offering the same functionality finally appeared on Mozilla's Tryserver. Yes, Firefox fans, you now have the opportunity to test jumplist support in...

Firefox's private browsing feature debuts in latest Minefield build

Back in September, the Mozilla wiki provided clues that private browsing was indeed back on the radar for version 3.1 of Firefox. With the release of beta 2 looming, anxious testers can preview the feature by downloading the latest nightly build. To enable the feature, click the tools menu and then click private browsing to enable it. You'll be asked to confirm your selection and restart the...

Experimental Minefield browser from Mozilla is crazy fast

I'm in love. With a browser. Nope, it's not Firefox, and not Safari, though I've had flings with both in the past. Not Camino, not even Chrome. My new thing is with Minefield, from Mozilla. Okay, so Minefield is essentially an early build of the next version of Firefox. But the latest version has a drastically improved Javascript engine under the hood. Is it fast? Let me tell you - it's...

Firefox 3.1b2 is here - faster javascript, still no private browsing

If you're anxiously waiting for the arrival of Firefox 3.1, you may want to sit tight. While the 3.1b2 is now available in the nightly builds, you probably don't need to make the jump just yet - unless you're looking for speedier javascript processing. The changes that are included are a good start, and bode well for the final release of 3.1. The improved ctrl+tab switching looks and functions...

Codename watch: Windows "Fiji" and Firefox "Minefield"

The releases of Windows Vista ("Longhorn") and Firefox 2.0 ("Bon Echo") are slowly creeping up on us, but Microsoft and Mozilla always have their eyes on the next move. Both software makers have chosen codenames for the next-next versions of their flagship products. Microsoft's next version of Windows has been given the codename "Fiji," and Firefox 3.0 will be...