Firefox 3.1 beta date announced

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The developers over at the next version of Firefox has announced that it will aim to release a beta or test version to the public of the next version of Firefox, version 3.1, on August 19 – which will see a freeze on new features and make the test version available.

The date, however, is an estimate.

Expected new features include support of the open-source Ogg Vorbis and Theora codecs, and inclusion of the video and audio HTML tags, which follows a similar move in the new HTML5 draft. Vorbis is the open-source audio codec, while Theora is the video version.

The current, stable release of Firefox, Firefox 3, racked up eight million downloads on its release day on 17 June, setting a world record.

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