Recently, I’m testing out Firefox 4 beta 12, and I’m quite happy with it. I feel that Firefox 4 beta 12 is actually better than the current stable version of Firefox which is Firefox 3.6.15. In term of speed, Firefox 4 beta 12 is quite fast. In term of eye candy, Firefox 4 beta 12 is indeed gorgeous. Honestly though, there is one problem that Firefox 4 beta 12 has which needs to be fixed is that Flash tends to crash unexpectedly. Then again, when the official version of Firefox 4 comes out, I think Flash will be secondary to HTML5. I think eventually HTML5 will overtake Flash in various major functions such as playing videos and playing games inside browsers. Can’t go too deeply into the topic of HTML5 vs Flash, because the topic in itself could fill up an entire article.
In Firefox 4 beta 12, the tabs are more visible and prettier. In case you don’t already know, Firefox 4 beta 12 has a feature that is catering to help you in organizing your tabs better. This feature is known as Panorama or Tab Groups. The Panorama (Tab Groups) button is a button/icon on the very top right, above the feedback button, and you can click on it to begin grouping your tabs. It looks like a tile button. If you’re using Mac, you can use the combination of buttons of [Shift + Command + e] to fire up the Panorama view. For Windows 7 users, I think it’s the combination of buttons of [Shift + Ctrl + e].
How about multi-touch? Yes, Firefox 4 beta 12 is supporting multi-touch, but your hardware must also support the multi-touch or else the feature is pretty useless. Nonetheless, check out the video right after the break to see how one goes about using multi-touch with Firefox 4 beta 12 or whatever beta version of Firefox you’re using.
Even though Firefox 4 beta 12 is indeed a beta version of Firefox, it probably is more secure than Firefox 3.6.x. It utilizes Compartments feature so memory is managed better, and in this sense it may offer better browser security. Also, website owners can make use of HSTS feature so users of Firefox 4 beta 12 or later versions can automatically connect to https protocol for security purpose.
Yes, Firefox 4 beta 12 isn’t ready for prime time, because there are few bugs that need to be squashed. One noticeable bug is Flash tends to crash unexpectedly. Still, I think using Firefox 4 beta 12 is a lot more enjoyable than Firefox 3.6.x. What do you think?