Firefox 3.1 beta 1 realeased on 14th October 2008.
Following are some major improvement, changes & new features of Firefox 3.1 beta1.
- Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine
- Added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties
- A new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you’re switching to
- Improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search
Web standard improvements & CSS support will not be easily noticable to browser end user. Developer of web application need to study its support in Firefox 3.1.
Switching tab will show preview of the tabs is really good, valuable feature. Browser end user will surely get benifited.
Smart location bar using special character to restirct search is another good feature. It helps user to search URL of need by filtering unwanted URLs.
Overall Firefox 3.1 has adopted many new standard. This will keep firefox on the top in future. Uasibility feature will make new fans of Firefox. As it is Beta1 end user need to wait till final release.
As of now Firefox team has published schedule upto Beta 2 which in mid Novemer. I think some stabel/final version of Firefox 3.1 will be released in December 08 or January 09 (Its all my guess). According to my expection Firefox 3.1 should be relased before Xmas.