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Hoping to out-do or at least keep up with the blazing speed of Google’s Chrome browser, Mozilla is prepping Firefox 4.0 to be “super-duper-fast,” noted Firefox director Mike Beltzner in his live webcast to the Mozilla community last week.

The primary goal of Firefox 4.0 is to develop a technology base that is fast, secure, and optimized, said Beltzner.

“For users, we want to build a product that is fast, friendly, and empowering. For developers, we want to give them tools for capable, fast Web access,” he said.

Beltzner said Mozilla aims to deliver a sleeker and simpler user interface as the default, performance optimizations, and faster navigation. Central to the faster browser concept, users will enjoy dedicated application tabs, and be able to install add-ons without having to restart the browser. Firefox will also include new tools for backing up and sharing data.

Benefits of Firefox 4.0 for Developers

To improve the lot of developers, Mozilla plans to add bi-directionally connected apps through WebSockets, smoother “AJAX-y” interactions with PushState, easier layout and styling with CSS3, an HTML5 parser, and multi-touch support.

“Mozilla’s new browser looks like a very impressive package that will add more web technologies for developers,” said Brian Montgomery, senior developer, EXM Media, a web development company in Orange, California. “My only caveat is that Mozilla has made no mention of updating Gecko (Mozilla’s layout engine).”

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