What’s New in Firefox 3.5

Posted by on Jun 26, 2009 in Software

What’s New in Firefox 3.5

Firefox 3.5 is the fastest Firefox ever.

Today I tested Firefox 3.5 RC3 (a pre-release candidate) and so far it looks great. Currently I use Firefox 3.0.11, but version 3.5 is going to to be released sometime around the first week of July. How Fast is It? Firefox 3.5 is two times faster than 3.0. And ten times faster than 2.0.

What’s New in Firefox 3.5

Firefox 3.5 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 10 months. Firefox 3.5 offers many changes over the previous version, supporting new web technologies, improving performance and ease of use, and new features for users.

Firefox 3.5 and later provide “Private Browsing,” which allows you to browse the Internet without Firefox retaining any of data about which sites and pages you have visited. Watch a video from Mike Beltzner as he gives a quick preview of what’s new and exciting in Firefox 3.5. In the video Mike talks about new features such as recently closed windows, open video, location aware browsing, new web technologies like downloadable fonts, improved css, etc.

Why I like Firefox

Security: I have been using Firefox as my web browser for several years now. I switched to Firefox after an incident where Internet Explorer (IE) allowed a virus to infect my computer. As a computer repair professional I have seen may cases where a computer is infected while the customer was using IE. Most people online are using the default IE browser that comes bundled with Windows. The bad guys know this and therefore IE seems to sometimes act as a magnet for picking up adware, spyware, trojans, viruses, unwanted toolbars, dns hijacks, and other rogue programs.

Features: Firefox has better performance, it allows you to view Web pages faster, using less of your computer’s memory. A built-in spell checker lets you enter text directly into Web pages— like blog posts and Web-based email—without worrying about typos and misspellings. Work directly with the Web and save yourself a step. If Firefox unexpectedly closes, you don’t have to spend time recovering data or retracing your steps through the Web. If you’re in the middle of typing an email, you’ll pick up where you left off, even down to the last word you typed. Session Restore instantly brings back your windows and tabs, restoring text you entered and any in-progress downloads. Restart the browser without losing your place after you install an add-on or software update.

Customization: Firefox has many free Add-ons available. These add-ons increase your browsing experience and productivity. Some of my favorite add-ons are Adblock Plus, NoScript, and ReminderFox.

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