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Firefox 3.6 Touches Down

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It may seem like an age to those of you fond of using the latest Firefox Betas (Firefox 3.7 Alpha has been doing the rounds since November), but today sees Mozilla finally drop the beta tags from Firefox 3.6.

Perhaps the biggest news in the new release is a substantial speed boost of up to 20 per cent compared to 3.5 (which was already a big jump from 3.0) - though that still leaves it a long way behind Safari and Chrome.

What tends to be more important to Firefox users, however, are features and 3.6 does add in a number to notable new ones, including:

  • Personas: Personalise 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  • Plugin Updater: To keep you safe from potential security vulnerabilities, Firefox will now detect out of date plugins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: implementation of HTML 5 audio and video support, now video can be displayed full screen and supports poster frames
Firefox 3.6 is immediately available for download (grab it from the link below) and while I have recently defected to Chrome, I'd suggest you could do a lot worse. Especially if you're using Internet Explorer 6...

Link:
Firefox 3.6

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