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Firefox Aurora introduces new channel-switching feature

05 May 2011, Nick Peers

Mozilla has introduced a new channel switching feature to Firefox Aurora, the developmental version of its popular Firefox web browser. Firefox Aurora allows users to get a sneak peek at early, unfinished versions of Firefox, and this latest build introduces the new channel switching feature.

Channel switching will allow users to effortlessly switch between the latest beta and developmental builds of Firefox from a single drop-down menu, accessible by clicking the Firefox button or menu, choosing About (it’s on the Help menu in Windows and Linux), and clicking the Change button. Select your desired build, then click Apply and Update.

It’s important to note that choosing beta at this stage won’t migrate you to a beta build of Firefox as it has yet to be compiled; instead, a version of Firefox Aurora repackaged as the beta version – and currently being promoted as an official Beta 1 build across the internet – is installed instead. Mozilla is keen for users to test the new channel-switching feature; if problems or bugs are encountered, you can report them via the Help menu.

Firefox Aurora is a separate, developmental version of Firefox which can be installed alongside the latest stable version. It’s available as a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux.

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