Microsoft may be on the verge of releasing the public beta version of Internet Explorer 9, but Mozilla has been busier than ever fortifying its Firefox browser with upgrades and new additions designed to keep it ahead.
Preview builds of Firefox now include the JägerMonkey engine and are showing big improvements in benchmark scores.
Winning V8 Scores
Not only that, but the new builds are achieving winning scores on the V8 benchmark, beating out Internet Explorer 9 Preview 3 and earlier Firefox versions as well as inching much closer to the speeds achieved by WebKit, Opera 10.61 and Chrome 6.0.472.55, according to Mozilla blogger Rob Sayre.
More Speed on the Way
Firefox 4 is also expected to be even faster by the time its final version is released this November, due primarily to improvements now under way to make function calls faster.
Currently in its fifth beta release, Firefox 4 recently gained hardware acceleration as well. Mozilla's browser now occupies the number two spot in the worldwide browser market.
Nightly preview builds of Firefox with JägerMonkey are available for download from the project's site, but they're not recommended for use in production environments.