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Firefox 3.5 is go!

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The Mozilla foundation officially launched the latest version of their popular web browser Firefox yesterday. Imaginatively called ‘Firefox 3.5’, it can be downloaded from the Mozilla website here.

Rather oddly, Firefox 3.5 was originally going to be called 3.1, but the company felt that the new browser was such as step change from the old that they had to bump it up a it. Software eh? It’s a crazy world.

We weighed up the strengths of different web browsers – the application that sits on your computer so you can look at websites – a few weeks ago, and I explained why I like Firefox more than Internet Explorer. Apart from all the great extra features you get, along with much faster web browsing, Firefox has the warm and cuddly vibe of being not-for-profit.

And it’s becoming increasing popular. Here’s a screen grab from the Google analytics for our website (webeden.co.uk) which measures what percentage of our website visitors are using which browser.

As you can see, Firefox is in 2nd place behind Internet Explorer with just under 20%.The other contenders are Safari (5.8%, which just works on Macs) and Google Chrome on 3.4%.. Official figures place the Firefox market share at 22%.

Firefox 3.5 isn’t yet the ‘full-fat’ version its going be in the future, but Mozilla reckoned it would be good enough for general release. As they develop new bits and pieces for it, the software will update itself.

So what new stuff does it have? For the techies, there’s something called ‘TraceMonkey’, a Javascript engine that makes it much, much faster.

It also has location aware browsing, allowing you to search for and find things in your proximity much quicker.

But perhaps the most exciting thing for those of us using the WebEden website creator is that it means our HTML widget will now work in all browsers. Our HTML widget allows you to place any HTML on your website, which is really useful if you want to place any code from any application or software on your website. We’ve had so much positive feedback about this feature; it feels great to know we will soon be able to take it out of Beta. Here’s where you can read more about the HTML widget.

Which browser is your favourite and why? Leave us a comment below.

  • http://www.buteweddings.webeden.co.uk Alison Cross

    Force of habit makes me use Internet Explorer mainly. However, I do like firefox and I test websites that I build on IE, Firefox and Opera on the pc and, of course, Safari on the mac.

    Glad to hear that the new firefox stuff handles the HTML widgets ok :-)

    AX

  • admin

    Yeah we’re all pleased about this, but to be honest those that have switched to 3.5 have found it a little bit unstable – Mozilla still have work to do on that one.

    Are you no fan of Chrome?

    Ken

  • http://www.buteweddings.webeden.co.uk Alison Cross

    Hmmm – I’m a Leo – cautious being my middle name :-) I tend to pussyfoot around things for ages, reading reviews, crits etc before I sign up for anything.

    So, although chrome is calling me, so far I have withstood its siren cry…..

    AX

  • admin

    You won’t be able to resist for ever – in fact, maybe you won’t have a choice for ever! Is Google the new Microsoft?!

    Ken

  • http://www.buteweddings.webeden.co.uk Alison Cross

    Is google making one person a multi-billionaire?! Lots of millionaires would be a better thing :-)

    Actually Bill Gates has gone all humanitarian and is handing out huge wodges of cash to under-developed countries. He must be an alright guy….just as long as you don’t clash with the mighty Titan that is the Microsoft Corporation! a bit like the Wizard of Oz behind his big scary machine :-)

    AX

  • admin

    A few billionaires, lots of millionaires too!

    Yep I read that – doesn’t he plan to give his entire fortune away in his own lifetime? Does that mean that buying a Windows PC means its like giving to charity?!

    Ken

  • http://www.buteweddings.webeden.co.uk Alison Cross

    Ken – ROFPML!

    AX

  • http://nikkiandben.webeden.co.uk Ben

    I’ve noticed a couple of bugs since upgrading Firefox.

    Some menus look a tad blurred (eg “Tab angled verdana”)

    The “date clock white” colour appears black also (and stays that way no matter what colour is chosen).

    Is is a Firefox issue? Is this something that you expect resolve in the next Firefox release?

    Thanks.

  • admin

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for the feedback here.

    I’m being told by the dev team that Mozila are completing some updates which should sort this out.

    As to how long that will take – I’m not sure, but if I can find any more info then I’ll get back to you.

    Ken