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Firefox 4 Beta 8 Scheduled, Beta 7 GPU Acceleration Detailed

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Firefox 4 Beta 7 was a big release for Mozilla, but Beta 8 is already scheduled for release at the end of the month. The company also detailed improvements to its hardware acceleration engine for Windows XP – 7, as well as changes to HTML 5 support.

If there aren’t any hiccups in Mozilla’s development over the next couple weeks, we should expect Beta 8 to arrive on November 30. There are currently 66 bugs (19 critical) that are blocking the release of this browser. There will be at least one more beta after version Beta 8 and before Mozilla will release the first release candidate early in 2011.

While Beta 8 and Beta 9 will not bring any major feature additions, it appears that new features will get some fine-tuning and enhancements. Mozilla has especially some work to do to improve its GPU acceleration technology, which did not see a noticeable speedup in Beta 7.

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