Mozilla Says New Firefox 20% Faster Than Last Version

    January 21, 2010
    Chris Crum

Mozilla has launched the latest version of its popular Firefox web browser – version 3.6. They say this version is a whopping 20% faster than version 3.5. New features in Firefox 3.6  include:

  • Personas: Personalize the look of your Firefox by selecting new themes called Personas in a single click and without a restart

  • Plugin Updater: To keep you safe from potential security vulnerabilities, Firefox will now detect out of date plugins

  • Stability improvements: Firefox 3.6 significantly decreased crashes caused by third party software – all without sacrificing our extensibility in any way

  • Form Complete: When filling out an online form, Firefox suggests information for fields based on your common answers in similar field

  • Performance: Improved JavaScript performance, overall browser responsiveness, and startup time

  • Open Video and Audio: With the world’s best implementation of HTML 5 audio and video support, now video can be displayed full screen and supports poster frames

Here’s a video from Mike Beltzner, Director of Firefox Development, who gives an overview of the new features.

For developers, Firefox 3.6 supports the latest HTML5 specification, including the file API for local file handling, font support (in addition to OpenType and TrueType fonts, it supports the new Web Open Font Format), CSS gradients (linear and radical), and device orientation – it exposes the orientation of the laptop or device to web pages.

The browser is available for download for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in over 70 languages, which Mozilla claims is more platforms and languages than any other browser. It can be found here.

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