Hands On with FireFox 4 Beta 1

FireFox 4 Beta 1 has is publicly released and I decided to take the new version of Firefox for a spin and see how it fares against a variety of websites based on HTML 5, Flash and WordPress. Unfortunately the Beta Version of FireFox 4 is so unstable that my tests ended just a few minutes after they began.

The first two websites I decided to try either didn’t properly display on FireFox 4 Beta 1 or crashed the browser entirely 100% of the time in more than a few scenario’s. I am not actually sure how PCMag and other websites were able to do a thorough review of FireFox 4 Beta 1 when I found it so unstable just from the few sites I tested.

Hootsuite and FireFox 4 Beta 1

Don’t even think about it, just trying to load the Hootsuite Twitter Client interface will show you a blank screen where none of the streams will be able to load while using FireFox 4 Beta 1. I reported the bug to Mozilla after finding it.

Twitter Oath Applications and FireFox 4 Beta 1

Refollow.com or any other website I tried which has to do an OATH authentication to Twitter caused an immediate FireFox 4 crash which promptly brought up the crash reporter:

Closing out the browser and testing several times always produced the same results. I closed the browser, opened Firefox 3.6 and all the websites worked perfectly fine.

Summary

Firefox 4 promises faster web browsing and increased performance but the initial Beta 1 release I found to be so unstable I couldn’t even use it very long for testing purposes. I will re-review Firefox 4 when a later Beta is released or when RC1 is ready and available to the general public.

-Dragon Blogger

Justin Germino
Working in the IT Industry for over 17 years starting with OS, Networking and then moving into web based technologies including authentication and online security. Dragon Blogger has unique insights and opinions to how the internet and web technology works. An Avid movie fan, video game fan and fan of trying anything and everything new.
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