Firefox 3.1 beta 3 released


Firefox 3.1b3 is out today, and the release notes list a few important improvements: faster Javascript with Tracemonkey, improvements to the new private browsing mode, faster rendering and native JSON support. Anecdotal evidence from folks on Twitter and some testing here on my MacBook says that 3.1b3 is noticeably faster than 3.1b2, but still not quite up to speed with Safari 4.

One small-but-welcome improvement in the latest beta is a much better looking "new tab" button in the default theme. I don't know what they were thinking with that ugly plus-button all the way over on the right of the toolbar, but the new one looks more like a regular tab, and it sits near your existing tabs, where you're likely to be clicking anyway. As usual, updating to a new Firefox beta will disable some of your plugins until they're updated. You can force-enable them (at your own risk) with the Nightly Tester Tools add-on.

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