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0.6.3.0686 Beta 1 (Mar 28, 2012)
a) Cannot work on Windows XP x64, installer quits
b) Requires .NET 2.0 or higher
c) Cannot work properly on screen 1024x768 (too narrow, cannot show the right panel)
2. No information about system requirements and these (and maybe others) limitations on the official website.
3. No any feedback form or bugreport/discussion forum or simply e-mail address on their website.
4. UI problems: to set/clear checkbox in settings, need to click on the bar where this checkbox resides, not the checkbox itself. Counter-intuitive for Windows users.
5. Games which I tried, work smooth, without problems, but on PC screen they remind the 20 years old games designed at the times of IBM PC/AT386, looks childish (not a problem of emulator, of course).
4.0 Beta 12 (Feb 28, 2011)
I am glad that Firefox developers eventually were able to re-invent the Chrome interface, for instance, I was waiting for the right place of URL link preview since beta 6 (about half of year!). Tabs on top, page loading indicator, single button system menu, Panorama, Sync are another examples of good Chrome re-invention. I only can wish developers to discover the process-per-tab feature, add-ons setup without restart and solve the last 3 tests of Acid3... Seriously, better late than never, but it's too late for me, I switched to Chome some months ago :(
(Feb 1, 2011)
Current requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, Outlook 2007, .NET 3.5 SP1 and VSTO 3.0
Should be: Windows 2000-7 (32/64), Outlook Express, Outlook 2003-2010.
No any .NET palform.
Currently useless for me (XP x64, OE)
4.0 Beta 7 (Nov 12, 2010)
For me, the best FF4.0 beta was Beta 3 (it's still available on filehippo.com): no Sync, no Panorama, simple single-column menu on Firefox button and the status bar where it has to be (!). Unfortunately, after that beta developers have chosen the wrong road. It's still possible to make available the previous UI and make all excessive features optional, but I heavily doubt in that...
4.0 Beta 3 Preview (Jul 23, 2010)
The version 4.0b3pre is in fact the trunk build, i.e. version in development which has not reached beta status yet, it's planned as public beta some time later, around 6th August. For me, most prominent feature of upcoming b3 is the Windows x64 version, which already works very smooth, but has lack of plugins yet, I hope they will be added soon. Available here:
Upcoming beta 2 is in 1-2 days before release after QA tests, link to build 1 is here:
4.0 Beta 3 Preview (Jul 12, 2011 - 1:45 AM)
Yes, Windows XP served us well. It's not slow nor processor- or resource-consuming OS. It's not a time to retire it and move to Windows 7 only because people in MS want this. Eventually, Windows 7 is also doomed, much later than XP but anyway. I probably will move to Windows 8 or... say MS farewell, because many things can change in 2014 and not all the world will run around Windows like today.
4.0 Beta 3 Preview (Jul 1, 2011 - 12:41 AM)
Can Joe, like serious authors, write the headlines without these "Wow" and "Uh-oh"? What a childish style! :((
4.0 Beta 3 Preview (Jun 30, 2011 - 12:54 AM)
They bought a dead meat...
4.0 Beta 3 Preview (Jun 29, 2011 - 1:55 AM)
Brilliant idea, esp. Circles, which reflects the interpersonal relations in real life, with an option to create long-term groups as well as casual ones around the particular subject or problem. Also it can solve the contradiction between "friend" - "not friend" because it's possible to create the different "levels of friendship" adding a person to the different circles (not shown in interactive Google+ demo). I will be glad to have an integrated multi-person video- and audio-chat, good competitor of the MS Skype. Of course, lot of people will not use these options because they are too tied to Prolebook, but no need to worry about them :)
4.0 Beta 3 Preview (Jun 24, 2011 - 5:11 PM)
I don't know whether the Dotzler's opinion reflects the point of Mozilla's officials, but situation is really sad. Even if you need to support only a few FF browsers (like me), it's a problem when FF 4.01 updates automatically to 5.0 with loss of compatibility with some user-installed addons. And even if there is no real problem with the compatibility and it can be simply solved by unpacking the xpi file and fixing a string with "maxVersion" in install.rdf, I can do such thing on my test/work PC, but the common user cannot and shouldn't do the same.
IMO, decision of dropping support of version N immediately after the release of stable N+1 is a deep mistake. Serious developers should support the stable versions of their software at least for one year (common practice), otherwise their responsibility becomes questionable. Browser is not a driver software like Nvidia issues every month, when patches are counted impractical and the only way to fix a failure or compatibility issue is to install the newest or (in worst case) one of the previous drivers; but even the drivers are relatively conservative from the point of applications compatibility. Thinking about moving all of my supported users to Chrome...