On June 30th, the Mozilla Foundation released the latest version of the world’s best web browser: Firefox 3.5. The original plan was to bring out Firefox 3.1, but as the developers realized that the changes and enhancements were significant, it was given the honorary title of 3.5. As always, there are load of new features incorporated, but let’s talk about the most important ones:
- Performance: Much faster than before, and even more secure
- HTML 5: Always way ahead of the rest, FF 3.5 now offers features such as embedding videos natively using Ogg Theora, without needing plugins (such as Flash Player)
- Private Browsing: Google Chrome introduced it, but FF took it to the next level. Now you can have the browser automatically forget about certain websites that you visit, and can clear browsing history going back a few hours only.
- Location Aware Browsing: Now you can choose to show your exact location so that websites can use it in their online applications. This opens the door to endless opportunities for online services.
- CSS rendering, downloadable fonts: There are many new web technologies introduced. CSS renders even more accurately than before, and now we can break free from system fonts and take web design to the next level
Here’s a video that illustrates what’s new in a couple of minutes (I would’ve embedded it using the native Ogg Theora format, which would’ve been incredibly exciting, but many haven’t upgraded to FF 3.5, so I’m sticking to the old-fashioned YouTube):
As soon as you start browsing, you’ll feel an even better internet experience. All my add-ons are still compatible (and those that aren’t, had released updates that are applied the first time you open FF 3.5). The one thing I noticed, however, is that the ColorTabs extension isn’t showing the selected tab the way it used to (but I’m sure it’s a matter of a soon-to-come update). Other than that, the Mozilla Foundation have outdone themselves with a state-of-the-art web browser.
It is moments like this when shear joy turns into depression when you realize that 14% of the internet users are still running Internet Explorer 6.