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Chrome Stable 6, Firefox 4 Features Axed

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Some things do not seem to be right. While Google does not seem to have problems increasing the stable releases of their Chrome browser in a four month turnus, other’s like the Mozilla gang have decided to cut features from the upcoming Firefox 4 release to meet the end of the year release deadline.

But first things first. Download Squad’s Lee Mathews was the first to report that the stable version of Google Chrome made the jump to version 6. That’s a milestone for the browser that just turned two today as well.

Chrome stable users now have access to new features such as browser data syncing, or autofill, next to better content settings for plugins and scripting languages.

The release is a security release as well, fixing more than a dozen different security vulnerabilities in the browser, of which seven received a severity rating of high.

Chrome users are asked to upgrade their web browser as soon as possible to protect the browser from possible exploits.

It does not look that rosy for the upcoming Firefox 4 version that is currently in development. According to Softpedia information the developers have decided to remove features from the release to meet the deadline.

The first feature that was axed was the new account manager which was introduced back in April 2010. But the removal of the account manager may not be the only casualty to meet the deadline. At risk are silent updates on Windows, the Inspector and Web Console.

Feature freeze of Firefox 4 was initially planed for Firefox 4 Beta 5, but has since then been postponed to September 10th.

Firefox 4 will still offer several improvements over Firefox 3. It is however disappointing that at least one feature has been removed from the browser release.

What’s your take on this browser development? Let us know in the comments.


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