Some Windows users will be able to try a Direct2D-accelerated version of Firefox--if they manually switch it on. Also coming: tab candy.
Windows 7 features called Direct2D and DirectWrite will speed up Internet Explorer 9 performance. But Firefox hopes it might retool for the same benefit first.
Windows has it. Now Mozilla programmers are trying to get hardware acceleration into the Mac version of the open-source browser.
Direct2D support on Windows could be available in a preview release of the open-source browser under a proposed second-quarter goal.
By showing its first glimpses of technology in Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft also is showing it's serious about building a competitive browser.
We put the final preview of Internet Explorer 9 through its paces as it rockets towards beta
WebM video, hardware-accelerated video, and a user interface overhaul start arriving in a test version of what will become Firefox 4.
Catalyst 9.3, a new "unified" driver set that should improve performance and some memory problems, supports both Windows Vista and Windows 7.
Better performance is high on the list of improvements planned for Firefox 4. If all goes well, the new browser should emerge by November.