Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 Delayed, Get Chrome Tabs in Firefox 3.0 Now
Article by George Norman
On 30 Jan 2009
Earlier this month the Mozilla Foundation said that it will push out the 3rd Beta version of Firefox 3.1 by February 2; now they have come out to announce that the release of Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 has to be postponed once again due to issues in the JavaScript engine. According to Firefox Director Mike Beltzner this should not have a significant impact on the release of the stable version, which is slated for the first quarter of 2009.

This is not the first time that bugs and blockers interfere with the development of the next iteration of the Firefox browser. People keeping track of these things will remember the delay of Firefox 3.1 beta 2, the release of Beta 2, and the decision to skip the Release Candidate (RC) and move to Beta 3.


So what exactly is holding Mozilla back this time? It would seem that a total of 18 bugs “are proving to be tricky and complicated to fully resolve” so it will take time find a proper fix for them. For the time being, it is yet unclear how long it will take to actually address these issues and put out Firefox 3.1 Beta 3.

Until then there is one thing you can play with in your Firefox browser – I am talking about the Google Toolbar 5 for Firefox. Google Chrome, which coincidently received a security and compatibility update this week, provides an overview of the pages you visit on a regular basis. If you like this feature but you do not want to switch to Google Chrome, you can simply use the Google Toolbar 5 for Firefox. Alternatively you might want to check out the SiteLauncher Firefox add-on.

If you would like to get Google Toolbar 5 for Firefox, a download location is available here.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox, Firefox 3.1
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