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.
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.