While still not as ubiquitous as Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's new Firefox 3.5 browser was just released yesterday and is off to a great start. The browser was met with mostly positive reviews. Reuters stated, "There's no doubt that version 3.5 of Firefox is significantly faster than version 3...All in all, this is a major improvement over Firefox 3. Even if you're not currently a Firefox user, you'll want to give it a try."
CNET was slightly more measured commenting, "Firefox 3.5 is a much-needed improvement to the world's most popular alternative browser... While some of the improvements, such as the HTML5 and other developer enhancements will continue to make the browser their first choice, many of the other changes merely keep it in-line with the competition."
The new browser hit 1 million downloads within a couple hours and 2 million downloads in 7 and 1/2 hours. By this morning it had 4.3 million downloads. You can view the progress yourself on the download tracker found here.
The U.S. leads the world with 1.1 million downloads, with Germany in second with 496,000 downloads.
While the new Firefox is certainly very popular, it failed to surpass its own Guinness World record set by Firefox 3, which recorded 8 million downloads worldwide in 24 hours. Firefox also faces reinvigorated competition -- Apple claims that 11 million copies of its new Safari were downloaded in 3 days, and Opera is gearing up for a big 10.0 release.
quote: While the extension support will continue to give FF the myriad of options many crave,
quote: Pros: Page loading times were slightly faster than IE8. Cons: Still extremely slow to load, even with no add-ons. Web slices aren't supported. Copies IE8 features like private mode, phishing checks Menu/toolbar takes up more space than IE8 Not as robust cookie handling as IE8 I think IE8 wins this round.
quote: IE can prompt me when a site wants to set a cookie and I can approve/deny it then. With Firefox I have to block all cookies and then whitelist sites manually. Same result in the end, but a lot harder to set up.
quote: Looked it up and according to Mozilla themselves, phishing protection debuted in Firefox 3, released June 2008. IE7 was released in October 2006.
quote: Web Slices are a fantastic feature, and I hope more sites start using them. The provide much richer content than simple RSS feeds can. I also like the Accelerators feature. Since Microsoft lets anyone create accelerators and web slices, it's hard to believe that other browsers can't utilize them.
quote: Maybe Opera had private mode first, but regardless Firefox is playing catch-up.
quote: I use the RSS toolbar so I don't want to remove it. I want to hide the menu bar, but Firefox doesn't give me that option.
quote: W3C compliance? Have you read the standards? They can be interpreted in so many ways it's no wonder that sites look different between IE, Firefox, and Opera. CSS3 is still under development, so it doesn't make sense to support it. And before you bring it up, it's the same with HTML5.