It’s a big day for new browsers, apparently.

Several hours after Microsoft announced a March 14 release date for Internet Explorer 9, Mozilla this afternoon announced the availability of the release candidate for Firefox 4 for Windows, Mac and Linux. That’s the last major step before the final release, although the timing of the finished version will depend on how well the RC is received by the people who use it.

See this rundown for more about the features of Firefox 4, including a new location for tabs, above the address bar; hardware-accelerated graphics turned on by default; improved synchronization of settings, bookmarks and other data across multiple devices; and support for WebM video.

People already using the Firefox 4 Beta will be automatically upgraded to the release candidate, according to a Mozilla blog post. I’m downloading the RC now — if you try it, let us know what you think.

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  • Matt

    I’m really enjoying the new features and UI for Firefox 4 … Mozilla has done a great job getting Firefox pretty close to par with Chrome; feature to feature.

    It’s still a memory hog though, which is disappointing … always seems to be the biggest complaint when people talk about Firefox.

  • PortablePay – PhoPay – PhoPal

    FF4 is only and RC while IE9 will be a final version, also, I think that Mozilla should have much more fear of Chrome than of IE

  • Joe the Coder

    I’ve been using FF4 for a few months now and while it’s a decent product and relatively stable (2 lockups so far), it’s not particularly earth shattering. Some of the UI changes don’t seem like improvements, though. Hiding all sorts of stuff under the FF button makes for an extra click to get to a lot of things.

  • Anonymous

    My FF4 RC impressions after about 12 hours of use — much more stable and fast, less prone to the momentary freezes I encountered in 3.x. Apart from that, not a whole lot different. But that alone is very satisfying.

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