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What’s With the Firefox 3.5 Hype?

Posted by Sravan | July 2, 2009 .

I am testing Firefox 3.5. The hype surrounding this version, the expectations that Firefox automatically gets in users’ minds, and my poor perception are possibly the major reasons why I am not yet impressed.

Decline: Slower startup time

Saw this before: Tab Tearing in Google Chrome, Private Browsing in Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 8, Smarter session restore in Maxthon.

Improvement: Tagging URLs for Awesomebar, Memory usage

Interesting: Location-aware Browsing

Neat: Recently closed tabs and windows

Very neat: Forget this site

Cool: 70 languages

Super cool: Audio and video tags (Apparently Apple Safari 3.1 has this feature too.)

I tried to insert a video but it didn’t work. Something that I must be doing wrong.

Like Kevin Purdy wrote, Firefox 3.5 is a pretty substantial update. Not a lot more than that considering that they have gone from 3.0.11 to 3.5 directly.

I don’t talk about the speed because these days the browsers have become so increasingly competitive, which I am not complaining about, that I take improvements for granted.

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  1. Keith  July 5, 2009 5:18 am

    For developers there are some other nice features: localStorage, native JSON support, improved CSS 3 support to name a few.

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