Waterfox, the 64-bit Firefox, is not in beta

2012-Mar-22 | Tags: firefox

Start64!THE WHISPERED ABOUT Mozilla 64-bit web browser called Waterfox is not a beta, despite appearances, but is a release candidate. Waterfox has progressed in fits and starts and the latest candidate came out earlier this month. However it was incorrectly labeled as a beta release.

"Some users may have noticed that the latest version of Waterfox has put them on the beta channel," said a post on the Mozilla Waterfox web pages.

"There is no need for alarm, as this is a mistake on my part for leaving the channel to Beta on the config script instead of Release. You will still get updates and this does not affect functionality at all."

Waterfox 11 comes hot on the heels of Firefox 11 and mirrors its new features. It is a free download for PCs running the 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Mozilla said that the two are comparable, but Waterfox is better. "In benchmarks, the 64-Bit variant of Firefox out-performs the 32-Bit variant," read its FAQ.

"Also because this variant is being built specifically for Windows, there might be further performance increases."