Firefox 4 Beta 7 Boasts Faster Speeds

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Mozilla this week released Firefox 4 Beta 7, providing for significant JavaScript improvements such as more support for accelerated graphics and 3D.

The company said Firefox 4 Beta 7 is available for Windows, Mac and Linux and introduces JagerMonkey, Mozilla’s next-generation JavaScript engine that puts the browser in line with its high-speed competitors.

In addition to improved speed, Firefox 4 beta 7 can use a computer's graphics card to load pages faster if the card is supported.

Mozilla also said that the new beta supports hardware acceleration in the final compositing of a website. To enable this, users will need a DirectX 10 supported graphics card.

Mozilla also enabled graphical improvements with both the use of OpenType, which enables various Web fonts, as well as 3D graphics via WebGL.

In this case, either a Mac or a Windows user will need a graphics card that supports OpenGL; however, that also means that more 3D graphics content should be able to be encoded within the browser.

The new beta also includes support for HTML5 forms, complete with auto-fill capabilities.