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FireFox 3.5 Browser Available For Download

Mozilla has released version 3.5 of its popular open source browser, Firefox, and its servers are apparently feeling the heat as hundred of thousands of users queue up for the browser.

Version 3.5 also known as Shiretoko has apparently been downloaded more than 1.1 million times already according to the developers. In June 2008, Firefox 3 established a new Guiness world record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours with more than 8 million copies.

Chrome apparently influenced the decision of the Mozilla foundation to release a major update rather than a minor upgrade. Google's browser was released three months after version 3.0 and is already in its third beta.

The new Firefox 3.5 is said to be 10 times faster than Firefox 2.0 and twice as fast as last year's Firefox 3.0. Improvements include better Javascript performance, support for open video, audio, JSON, web worker threads and location browsing as well as more privacy features which includes the private-browsing mode made popular by Chrome.

More than 300 million users worldwide use Firefox according to Mozilla; Firefox 3.5 will be available Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms in 80 languages. Already version 3.51 is in the pipeline as developers are busy ironing out the omnipresent bugs.


Our Comments

Firefox is not alone now to face Internet Explorer. Safari, Opera, Chrome are all three potent rivals that Mozilla will have to face from now on and Google is probably the most dangerous of the lot. Ironically, Google is also a financial contributor to Mozilla.

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Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.