Guinness world record for most downloads in a single day could fall to Firefox 3

Starting today, users will be able to download the final version of Firefox 3. Firefox is the second most popular browser online, behind Microsoft Internet Explorer. Firefox 3 has a laundry list of new features including a promise of significantly increased performance.

Mozilla claims that Firefox 3 will be seven times faster than Internet Explorer and three or four times faster than previous versions of Firefox. Other new features include single-click bookmarking, smart location bar, and improved security features.

Firefox 3 also brings improvements in how passwords are managed, a new download manager, full page zoom and more. One other interesting thing about the pending release of Firefox 3 today is the attempt to set a world record.

The downloading of Firefox 3 via the web is being audited by the Guinness Book of World Records in an attempt to set an official record for the most number of downloads in a single day. Downloads made via FTP will not count towards the record setting attempt.

Mac users have complained that OS X versions of Firefox 3 don’t use Mac user interface and user elements. The first Firefox 3 release candidate came in May 2008 after Mozilla had released several beta versions of the browser.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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