Visual tour: Firefox 4 beta 1

Take a look at the updated interface, from a new Firefox button to a slick tab-switching function.

Mozilla recently released the first beta version of Firefox 4, the next iteration of the world's second most popular browser (after Internet Explorer). The new Firefox offers the usual under-the-hood tweaks you'd expect, such as improved security and better page rendering, and it also supports WebM, Google's new open video standard project. But more importantly to the average user, Firefox 4 offers a refreshed layout and appearance. Here's a look at some of the highlights.

New menu

If you're a Windows Vista or Windows 7 user, one of the first things you're likely to notice is that the menus have been moved to a single orange Firefox button on the upper left side. (Mac OS X, Linux and Windows XP users will continue to see the regular menu layout across the top of the screen.)

new menu in Firefox 4

Mozilla has also merged the stop and reload functions into one button on the far left side of the screen. All operating systems will see this new feature.

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