The first stable beta version of Firefox 3.1 has been released a couple of days ago. According to the 3.1 schedule, the Beta 2 version will follow in mid November.
Now let’s see Firefox 3.1 Beta 1 in action:
1. Our beloved Firefox robot
2. Add new tab button
The first thing I noticed when launched Beta 1, was the “add new tab” button. The button is located on the far right of the tab bar. It’s a nice little addition, especially if you want to avoid opening a new tab via double clicking on the bar. Of course doing a Ctrl-T is faster. Thank God they didn’t place the button next to the last opened tab (see Internet Explorer 7).
3. Ctrl-TAB system
The next and most exciting feature is the new Ctrl-TAB system, which has finally been implemented! It behaves exactly like the Alt-TAB shortcut that is used for switching opened Windows. Thus you can now press Ctrl-TAB to visually navigate through all opened tabs, and easily switch to one of them.
4. Acid3 Test improvement
As you can read on the 3.1 Beta 1 release notes, this Firefox version is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which provides significant improvements on Web standards, compatibility and performance. Running the Acid3 Test, Firefox 3.1 scores 89/100, while 3.0.3 scores 70/100.
If you have spotted any other interesting new feature, feel free to leave a comment.
Looking forward to 3.1 Beta 2 and of course the final 3.1 version.