Now that Firefox 6 is available for download to end users, Mozilla won’t waste any time moving onward with the development of the next version of its open source browser, Firefox 7.
At the time of this article, Firefox 7 is still officially offered only as an Aurora Build, but at the same time, Firefox 6 is still also in Beta, not just in the Release Channel.
Obviously, this will change soon enough. Just how soon is hard to tell, but it’s also a sure bet that early adopters will be able to download and start testing Firefox 7 Beta in the coming days, possible as early as today or tomorrow, but certainly by the end of this week.
I say this because Mozilla is already sharing a preview of Firefox 7 Beta through its FTP servers
. I need to stress the fact that this particular release, while a candidate Beta Build is not actually the fully-fledged Firefox 7 Beta, which still has to be released officially.
Still, the preview is quite close to what the actual Firefox 7 Beta will look and feel like, so testers that want to get a taste of the upcoming release can download the bits and take it out for a spin.
It’s important to note that such releases are designed only for early adopters to run in testing environments and must not be deployed into production since they’re not ready for every day browsing.
End users need to stick with Firefox 6, which was released officially on August 16th, 2011. Unofficially, I told Softpedia readers about the Firefox 6 Final downloads
since last week when they went live on Mozilla’s FTP servers.
In addition to Firefox 7 Beta, Firefox 8 Aurora will also be made available soon. At the same time, early adopters will get the first taste of Firefox 9. Keep your eyes on this space and I’ll make sure to provide updates when new Firefox releases go live. Firefox 6 Final for Windows is available for download here
.Firefox 7 Aurora for Windows is available for download here