If you're a Firefox fan that just has
to be on the cutting edge, you'll be pleased to hear that the Mozilla Foundation has released the first public beta for Firefox 3.1.
According to Download.com
, the new TraceMonkey engine will be enabled the next time you start Firefox.
As if this wasn't enough, the beta also features an in-built version of the Geode location-tracking system, which was previously only available as a limited-functionality plugin. Coupled with the aforementioned improved tab switching UI – using CTRL+Tab to move between tabs brings up a snazzy Vista-style graphical interface – and you've got yourself a pretty decent browser to be playing with.
It's not all plain sailing, however: the private browsing functionality that almost every browser seems to be offering these days hasn't made it into this first beta, and many plugins designed for Firefox 3.0 are incompatible with Firefox 3.1. Despite this, if you're after possibly the fastest browser currently available then it's definitely worth playing with: download your copy from the Mozilla website
Are you hoping that Firefox 3.1 will offer more than simple performance improvements, or have the likes of Opera and Safari – and even Google's Chrome – already tempted you away from the incandescent vulpine? Share your thoughts over in the forums