Mozilla Ships Firefox 5 Beta Right On Time

The full, Gold-master release of Firefox 4 is still behind held close to the chest, but already Mozilla is thinking about Firefox 5. The next major iteration of the browser is destined to bring about some fairly serious upgrades, and the company managed to ship the beta of FF5 last Friday, right on time. It's also proof that the company is serious about competing in the browser wars, with IE9 and Chrome making for serious competition.

FF5 is scheduled to be completed on June 21st, and you can bet that the servers will be hammered once it's out the door. The Aurora channel was home to the beta, and Mozilla has promised support for the CSS Animation Standard and the inclusion of a "channel switcher" that lets users flip between Firefox's three editions of Aurora, Beta and Release. The detailed release notes include a whopping 1053 changes and fixes, but it looks as if the UI will remain the same as that shown in FF4. Of course, the company could pull out all of the stops before release, and one thing's for sure: fans will be waiting.