Firefox 5 public beta released download now

By Gary Johnson - May 22, 2011

Early last month we told you that Firefox 5 could be released sometime in June, after the company saw some huge download figures for Firefox 4. Now we can give you the news that the Firefox 5 public beta has been released, and you can download now.

Nick Peers of betanews is reporting that the Beta is between the final release and the developmental Firefox Aurora. This version is more stable and allows the chance to test developmental features before they find their way into the final release.

With the Beta you won’t notice much difference from Firefox 4, and it will install over any current version you may have. There is one new feature which allows users to switch between developmental and stable versions of the browser via a dialog box.

Currently the Firefox Channel Switcher only works when switching between the Beta and Aurora alpha channels. The Firefox Aurora has been designed to switch alongside the beta or stable version, but at the moment overwrites the Beta version.

In the Beta version there is the same Feedback button that can be found in Aurora, this is designed so users can mention bugs and give their views on the build they are using. The finished version is set for release at the end of next month, and will force people still using Firefox 3.5 to use version 3.6.

The Firefox 5 Beta is free for Windows, Mac, and Linux users to download. But it will replace any stable version of the browser you may be using so be warned. Have you downloaded the Beta yet? What do you think of it?

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