Following 10 months of work, 12 betas and 1 release candidate, Mozilla have confirmed that Firefox 4 is ready to compete with the other modernised browsers. They have announced a release data of March 22nd. The existing Firefox 4 release candidate is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Mozilla originally aimed to release Firefox 4 in October or November of last year but were delayed by work on new features and integrating graphics card powered hardware acceleration taking longer than expected. GPU hardware acceleration is the current elixir for modern browsers because it allows them to leverage high-powered graphics cards to give the browser an edge in rendering complicated in-site graphics faster.
The newest release of Chrome 10 only offers partial hardware acceleration, while IE9 won't work on Windows XP because of issues with hardware acceleration.
When IE9 was released earlier this week it achieved 2.3 million downloads on its first day. A healthy figure but Firefox 3 achieved 7 million on its first day when released two and a half years ago.
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