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We’ve already given you 7 reasons you might consider upgrading to Firefox 4 7 Reasons You Might Consider Upgrading To Firefox 4 7 Reasons You Might Consider Upgrading To Firefox 4 Read More , so if you’re eager to try out the latest features, the release candidate is now available for download. The release candidate has been available for a few days, and for those of you who didn’t want to install the beta, the stability the latest version offers is reason enough to take the plunge.

With changes made both to Firefox’s appearance, as well as countless changes under the hood, there’s a lot worth trying out in the release candidate.

Changes have been made to Firefox’s appearance, specifically changing the tab location, to above the address bar. (Chrome anyone?)

A unique new Firefox tab feature is the ability to pin tabs to your browser. This comes in handy for websites you tend to keep open all the time, such as webmail, and is just one of a few features which will appeal to users who’s online life is in the cloud.

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Another useful in-the-cloud feature is the synchronisation feature, all of your your Firefox data – from settings to passwords, from history to open tabs – can be available to you on all of your devices, including Android and iOS devices, through a Firefox sync server.

The release candidate also launches a revamped add-ons management centre, with an updated slick interface making it easy to search for and install Firefox plugins.

Under the hood, you’ll find that Firefox 4 RC is faster than any previous version – at least 3 and a half times faster than previous versions according to tests.

In addition, Firefox 4 RC features HTML 5 support, enhanced privacy settings, and crash protection, meaning when Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins crash, you can reload the page without having to restart Firefox.

If you want to give Firefox 4 RC a try, head over and download your copy now.

What do you think of the latest Firefox version? Would you ditch your preferred browser in favor of Firefox 4? Let us know in the comments.

  1. marcus
    March 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

    @Maurice: tnx dude, looked for some css codes for customizing it. The better i found was some that allowed me showing the icon instead of the "Firefox" text. Looked nice with some more fixes, but it would be better having the native option on the "Custom" item. By the way having one more bar just for the button is something i dont like... The look of Opera browser is maybe the goal for the FF programers. Hope FF improve that

  2. Maurice
    March 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

    @marcus: you can choose whether to use the orange Firefox button or not, by simply changing the appearance. Click right-mousebutton somewhere on the top, and click on: Menubar. It then makes the menubar appear and the orange button disappears.

  3. Maurice
    March 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    @marcus: you can choose whether to use the orange Firefox button or not, by simply changing the appearance. Click right-mousebutton somewhere on the top, and click on: Menubar. It then makes the menubar appear and the orange button disappears.

  4. marcus
    March 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Donnt like the orange button, installing addons for hidding or moving it, made me keep 3.6.15... hope that firefox team do something about that.

  5. Cary
    March 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Have installed this version! Cool features! Like it!

    • Aibek
      March 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      thanks for the feedback

  6. Osama
    March 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    not so smooth one

  7. Readitagain
    March 13, 2011 at 4:09 am

    "A unique new FIREFOX tab feature..."

    That means it's new to Firefox, not Opera or Chrome or whatever.

  8. Victord66
    March 12, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    If I install it, must I uninstall it when the final version is released or will the final version overwrite the RC?

    • Vineeth Reddy
      March 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

      No :) It will Auto-Upgrade. You can force it to once the stable version is out, by going to Firefox( Orange Button ) > Help > About

  9. noname
    March 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    "A unique new Firefox tab feature is the ability to pin tabs to your browser. "

    this is not unique. Opera has this feature for a longer time.

    • rndm
      March 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      It also works in Chrome... was this some kind of sarcasm?

      • re_chief
        March 13, 2011 at 3:08 am

        I think they meant "unique relative to past versions of Firefox"

    • Readitagain
      March 13, 2011 at 3:09 am

      "A unique new FIREFOX tab feature..."

      That means it's new to Firefox, not Opera or Chrome or whatever.

      • Anonymous
        March 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

        it was not necessarily to use word "unique"

        • Yeah
          March 14, 2011 at 3:12 am

          Well, the fact that it is new to firefox makes it unique to the firefox lineup. If you still don't get it, refer to re_chief's reply.

        • Koffyn
          March 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

          Do there is no difference between "A unique new Firefox tab feature" and "A new Firefox tab feature". "Unique" word is misleading.

  10. Boussakka
    March 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    ive upgraded to FF4 RC
    thank you very much
    it seems to be good as google chrome

  11. noname
    March 12, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    "A unique new Firefox tab feature is the ability to pin tabs to your browser. "

    this is not unique. Opera has this feature for a longer time.

  12. Boussakka
    March 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    ive upgraded to FF4 RC
    thank you very much
    it seems to be good as google chrome

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