Firefox 4 review

It's the best Firefox yet. Is it better than its rivals, too?

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  • The fastest Firefox yet
  • Peerless tab management
  • Excellent sync
  • Improved add-on management
  • Protects against failing plugins


  • Not the prettiest
  • No faster than rivals
  • Tabs don't get separate processes
  • Rivals are evolving faster
  • The Mac UI doesn't quite work

The longer something's in beta, the less interesting it becomes. Beta 1 is greeted with oohs of excitement, beta 2 with hums of interest, beta 6 has everyone stifling yawns and beta 12 wonders where everybody's gone.



Former lion tamer, Girls Aloud backing dancer and habitual liar Gary Marshall (Twitter, Google+) has been writing about tech since 1998, contributing sage advice and odd opinions to .net, MacFormat, Tap! and Official Windows Magazine as well as co-writing stacks of how-to tech books. "My job is to cut through the crap," he says. "And there's a lot of crap."