Mozilla is expected to release the latest beta version of its Firefox browser on October 16, with a few added enhancements to whet the palate of those eager to get their hands on the upcoming Firefox 4.0.

The updates will be "minor", according to sources, so don't expect mind-blowing changes that'll transform your browser experience. You will have to wait for Firefox 4.0, expected to launch in 2010, for the big update.

Some of the key updates in Firefox 3.6 include: lightweight theme, faster JavaScript handling, improved form completion tools, bookmark synchronisation, page load enhancements and optimised session restore.

Firefox 4.0 has a few mockup pictures on the wiki website. However, eager users are already complaining about the new look. "I think Firefox SHOULD be distinctive, and have its own look and feel, not something borrowed from Chrome, or IE," gripes one user on a wish list site.

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