June 12th, 2008
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Fuel Your Anticipation - Firefox 3 On June 17th

While the Firefox Release Candidate 3 just came out today with minor updates, Mozilla announced the final release for June 17th. A world record for the most software downloads in 24 hours is also arranged.

Some of my favourite new features:

  • Full page zoom. From the View menu and using keyboard shortcuts, you can now zoom in and out on the content of entire pages — this scales not just the text but the layout and images as well.
  • Tags. You can now associate keywords with your bookmarks to easily sort them by topic.
  • Offline support. Web applications can take advantage of new features to support being used even when you don’t have an Internet connection.
  • Reliability. Firefox 3 now stores bookmarks, history, cookies, and preferences in a transactionally secure database format. This means your data is protected against loss even if your system crashes.
  • Speed. Firefox 3 has gotten a performance boost by completely replacing the part of the software that handles drawing to your screen, as well as to how page layout work is handled.
  • Memory use reduced. Firefox 3 is more memory efficient than ever, with over 300 memory “leak” bugs fixed and new features to help automatically locate and dispose of leaked memory blocks.
  • more …

First tech-reviews about Firefox 3 are full of praise but also mention the memory-eating performance.

What are your experiences, did you expect more? Are you still scared to download?

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