Firefox 3.6.4 Beta Released = Less Crashing?

firefox-logo-355All you Firefox fans out there who like to test out Beta software will want to download the latest version of Mozilla’s browser, Firefox 3.6.4, which has hit Beta and introduces some key changes too.

The Beta continues what was started with the release of the Firefox 3.6.3 one called Lorentz. The main reason you’ll want to try out the new Beta is because it now provides ‘uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Apple Quicktime or Microsoft Silverlight plugins.’

What does this mean for users? Basically, if a plugin on a website crashes, it won’t bring the whole browser down with it, crash and lose all your open tabs. Instead you can simply close, or reload, the tab that’s affected and carry on with the rest of your browsing completely uninterrupted from the crash. If this works the way it sounds, it would presumably mean a lot less crashes since it’s handling plug-ins more like the Google Chrome Browser does, perhaps they hope to stop people moving away from Firefox due to these kinds of issues.

Don’t forget that this is still a Beta release, so there will still be some bugs that may not have been completely ironed out yet, as is to be expected from any Beta release. As well as increasing stability with Lorenz in the new release, 3.6.4 Beta also provides some security fixes, so you may want to hit the download link below.

If you want to get your hands on the new update, you can grab the update from the Mozilla blog where the Firefox 3.6.4 Beta is available for download. Alternatively, if you’ve already installed Lorenz previously, you can get the update by going to Help > Check for Updates on Windows, or About > Check for Updates on Mac OS X.


Via – Mozilla Blog


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