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Firefox 4 beta 4 adds hardware acceleration

Some Windows users will be able to try a Direct2D-accelerated version of Firefox--if they manually switch it on. Also coming: tab candy.

By Aug. 19, 2010


Firefox hopes to one-up IE with fast graphics

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.

By Nov. 24, 2009


Coming soon: Hardware-accelerated Firefox on Mac

Windows has it. Now Mozilla programmers are trying to get hardware acceleration into the Mac version of the open-source browser.

By Sep. 29, 2010


Firefox coders propose fast-graphics deadline

Direct2D support on Windows could be available in a preview release of the open-source browser under a proposed second-quarter goal.

By Mar. 31, 2010


Elements of Firefox overhaul arrive for testing

With a name like JaegerMonkey, how can Mozilla's upcoming JavaScript engine not vanquish rivals? Also: developments with extensions and hardware acceleration.

By Mar. 1, 2010


With IE 9, Microsoft fights back in browser wars

By showing its first glimpses of technology in Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft also is showing it's serious about building a competitive browser.

By Nov. 18, 2009


Internet Explorer 9: We test final preview, next stop beta

We put the final preview of Internet Explorer 9 through its paces as it rockets towards beta

By Aug. 10, 2010


Firefox 4 upgrade ideas start becoming reality

WebM video, hardware-accelerated video, and a user interface overhaul start arriving in a test version of what will become Firefox 4.

By Jun. 15, 2010


ATI gets graphics ready for Windows 7

Catalyst 9.3, a new "unified" driver set that should improve performance and some memory problems, supports both Windows Vista and Windows 7.

By Mar. 18, 2009


Firefox 4 release plan: The need for speed

Better performance is high on the list of improvements planned for Firefox 4. If all goes well, the new browser should emerge by November.

By May. 11, 2010