Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 First Impressions

Lifehacker has a quick run down of what’s new with Firefox 4.0 Beta 1. Gave it a download a couple of minutes ago and so far, it’s great. The overhauled interface does take a little while to get used to but it does remind me more of Safari than Chrome.

They just look closely similar, Safari 4 and Firefox 4. Though the “tabs on top” sure is a page from Chrome and Opera. What’s unique though is the new “Firefox button” which replaces the venerable Menu bar. Or is this so Windows-like?

Though the slow start up is nothing new, I noticed that it did rendered web pages a bit faster than the current version of Firefox 3. It shows the page load progress via two ways: an animated circle at the top-right corner of each tab and the traditional progress bar at the foot of the browser. Which is kind of distracting really because my eyes were jumping from top to bottom just to see the progress animation.

Good job to the Firefox 4 team. Though it’s not enough to convince to switch back from Chrome. Since this is just Beta 1, I expect a lot of more goodies to come as we get closer to the final stable release.

Have you tried Firefox 4 Beat 1? What do you think about it?

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