Over at the Mozilla Blog they have announced that a beta version of Firefox is now available for download. There are new features which should improve the performance of Firefox and also should improve upon speed.

According to the artcile it states:

Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 is now available for download. This milestone is focused on testing the core functionality provided by many new features and changes to the platform scheduled for Firefox 3.1. Ongoing planning for Firefox 3.1 can be followed at the Firefox 3.1 Planning Center, as well as in mozilla.dev.planning and on irc.mozilla.org in #shiretoko.

New features and changes in this milestone that require feedback include:

This beta is now available in 54 languages – get your local version and let us know if it looks right.
A new Private Browsing Mode that allows you to browse without Firefox storing any traces of where you’ve been – perfect for online holiday shopping!

New functions that make it easy to remove the history of your past few hours of browsing, or remove all traces of a website.

New support for web worker threads.

The new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is now on by default for web content.
Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
Removed the new tab-switching & preview behavior based on feedback from Beta 1 users
Support for new web technologies such as the <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, CSS 2.1 and 3 properties, SVG transforms and offline applications.

Hopefully Firefox will be better than ever.

Comments welcome.