We started writing Enquiring Mimes just over a year ago and one of our first entries was intended to convince you to start using the Firefox browser. Mozilla had, amidst great hoopla, just released Firefox 3.
We gave you a number of reasons to switch if you were still using MS Internet Explorer — they’re probably still true today, but the landscape changed. There are now two other competitive web browsers, Google Chrome and Apple Safari, both very fast and by comparison their speed made Firefox 3 seem very slow.
Our story has a happy ending. Firefox 3.5, a major release, has been sent out into the world and once again, Firefox is great. They replaced the Java engine and it’s now as fast as the other guys and there’s a lot to like. It’s nice to come home to Firefox without sacrificing speed and there are more great plug-ins than ever.
Here’s the top five best features of Firefox 3.5
- Fast – according to betanews.com, Firefox 3,5 is 251% faster than Firefox 3.
- Location-aware browsing – if you let it, Firefox can figure out where you are and give location information to sites you’ve approved providing you a more local experience.
- Support for new web technology - This will be a benefit in the future as sites begin to use the new features like downloadable fonts
- Better handling of tabs and windows – easier recovery of mistakenly closed tabs and windows.
- Private browsing – Firefox will keep no records of your browsing if you head for the wrong side of the tubes.
Here was our list from last year for Firefox 3: (all still true, “great performance” has been regained)
- Great performance
- Smart URL bar learns how you browse
- Smart bookmarks
- Smarter “Remembered Password” handling
- Good security and malware protection
- Use it on Windows, Mac and Linux
- Top 5 Killer Features in Firefox 3.5 (mashable.com)