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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mozilla Advances the Web With Firefox 3.5

Mozilla today announced the official release of Firefox 3.5, a major update to its popular, free and open source Web browser. Coming one year after the launch of the critically acclaimed Firefox 3, Firefox 3.5 introduces cutting-edge features, as well as new support for a wide variety of Web standards.

Firefox 3.5 is the best performing browser Mozilla has ever released and delivers radically improved JavaScript performance, a new Private Browsing mode, native support for open video and audio, and Location Aware Browsing. The newest version of Firefox is more than two times faster than Firefox 3 and ten times faster than Firefox 2 on complex websites. With extensive under-the-hood work to support new technologies, Firefox 3.5 is the most powerful and complete modern browser and helps upgrade the Web experience.

Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox has a comprehensive post here.  The post includes a list of some of the coolest Firefox 3.5 features, excerpted below.

  • Firefox 3.5 is available in more than 70 languages – get your local version.
  • It includes tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode, and the ability to go back in time and Clear Recent History.
  • Firefox 3.5 has support for the HTML5 <video> and <audio> elements including native support for Ogg Theora encoded video and Vorbis encoded audio.
  • The browser features faster performance on complex websites using new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • Users can enjoy Location Aware Browsing using web standards for geolocation.
  • Web developers can make use of native JSON parsing, and web worker threads.
  • This release includes improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Firefox 3.5 supports new web technologies such as: downloadable fonts, CSS media queries, new transformations and properties, JavaScript query selectors, HTML5 local storage and offline application storage, <canvas> text, ICC profiles, and SVG transforms.

You can download Firefox 3.5 at firefox.com and enjoy the new features and faster performance. If you’re using the latest version of Firefox 3.0, you can get Firefox 3.5 by clicking on the Help menu and then selecting Check for Updates.

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