Today, Mozilla releases Firefox 4 Beta 1 to the public. Some technology enthusiasts have already downloaded and using the Firefox 4 nightly build but if you are scared of bugs and inconsistencies that might occur, this is a good opportunity to test the new Firefox 4 as the Beta should be more stable to test and try out.
Check out what’s new in Firefox 4 and also how to force the add-ons to be compatible in Firefox 4 Beta 1.
Firefox 4 new features
- New Addons manager
- Supports WebM format to watch HD videos smoother
- HTML5 native support
- Crash protection
- Improved performance
- Many more – check out the Firefox 4 Beta 1 release post in Mozilla’s blog
How to force the add-ons compatibility with Firefox 4 Beta 1
Thanks to the techie people at Neowin.net forum thread, here is a short instruction on how to force compatibility add-ons with Firefox 4.
- On the URL field, type about:config
You should see a warning screen since you are going to modify Firefox inner settings. Click on the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button to continue.
- Right click anywhere and choose New-Boolean
- Type: extensions.checkCompatibility.4.0b and set it to false as the value.
- Go to Firefox’s add-ons menu, you should see that it requires a restart to re-enable all the add-ons.
- Restart Firefox and enjoy :)
Alternative way to make add-on works in Firefox 4 Beta 1
Simply install a Firefox extension called “Add-on Compatibility Reporter“. Probably easier than the manual way above? :)
Been using Google Chrome on my Windows 7 machine for months so this is a good reason for me to use Firefox again on it just to play around.