Firefox 4 beta 4 will be coming out soon, offering hardware-accelerated graphics if you decided to turn it on (it is turned off by default so that nobody will be surprised unexpectedly). Apart from hardware acceleration that should enrich the user experience, another major user interface change would be tab sets (formerly known as tab candy). Hardware acceleration aims to shift some tasks from a computer’s main processor to its graphics processor, and one of the methods used in the Windows environment would be to rely on Windows’ Direct2D interface that speeds up the display of text and graphics on newer versions of Windows. Currently, the Firefox 4 beta 4 code is frozen for finalization, with a release target of August 23rd.
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