Mozilla has successfully reached the beta milestone in its new Rapid Release Cycle strategy that aims release new Firefox versions about every 18 weeks, instead of uncertain feature-oriented, when-it-is-done approach used in the past, that while it has worked ok in the past, is too slow for today web development speed with a lot of vectors acting at the same time including mobile, web standards, hardware acceleration, desktop integration, as well as the traditional ones: security, usability, customization, and performance.
While Firefox 5 beta comes with no less than 1053 bug fixes it also does with the shortest new features list compared to any other Firefox release to date:
- A more polished user interface with shorter shadows and sharper borders in all elements.
- Performance improvements allow Firefox 5 to be 9% faster in the SunSpider test than Firefox 4.
- Comes with support for CSS Animations, part of the CSS3 specification that lets web designers define animations between styling attribute changes. Still in development, CSS Animations are declared with the -moz prefix.
- The option to enable the Do Not Track header for web servers has been moved to the Privacypage in the Options dialog.
Get Firefox 5 Beta, available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android from Firefox Channels page.