Firefox Beta is the build for those who like a little bit of jeopardy, but who don’t want to risk everything by trying out Firefox Aurora, the early alpha build of Firefox. Firefox Beta gives you a sneak peek at the next version of Firefox six weeks ahead of its final release, offering a relatively stable build that’s not quite ready for primetime, but still pretty solid.

Whereas Firefox Aurora installs as a completely separate application alongside your existing Firefox installation, Firebox Beta will replace the stable build. Should you subsequently wish to go back to the safer version, you’ll need to manually download the stable version and install it over the top of the beta build.

Confirm which build you have by selecting About Firefox from the Firefox menu or button (it’s inside the Help menu if using the Firefox button).

Firefox 43 is now in the Beta channel. New features include:

NEW. Firefox now automatically shows the on-screen touch keyboard on Windows 8 and higher
NEW. Improved API support for m4v video playback 1
NEW. Search suggestions can be displayed in the Awesome Bar
NEW. WebRTC streaming on multiple monitors
NEW. Improved Big5 support for Hong Kong supplementary characters on Windows XP
NEW. GTK3 integration (GNU/Linux only)
NEW. User selectable second block list for Private Browsing's Tracking Protection


Version 41 includes a improved private browsing and more.