Firefox 3.5 Available
Mozilla has just released version 3.5 of its Firefox browser. CNET’s Stephen Shankland:
“So much is happening on the Web right now, it’s a great time for browsers,” said John Lilly, CEO of Firefox backer Mozilla, in a statement. And, he boasted, “Firefox 3.5 brings together the most innovative Web technologies and delivers them in the most complete and powerful modern browser.”
PC World‘s Michael Muchmore adds,
A geekier review by UZee at TechnoPath :
I of course downloaded and installed it immediately. Well, actually, I downloaded it from Mozilla’s site, it took forever, and I wound up with a corrupt file. I then downloaded it from CNET (linked above) in seconds and installed without difficulty.
A couple of the extensions that I forgot that I had installed are incompatible with the new edition, so it’s probably worth waiting if you use a lot of add-ons.
Via Twitter, Hal Hildebrand reports that the “clear private data” feature has been removed. As I understand it, it’s been replaced by new features that allow you to browse privately and clear specific sites from your browsing list. This, no doubt, is designed to hide from your wife or parents that you’re looking at, um, things you might buy them for their birthday.
One thing I noticed immediately is a + button next to the rightmost open tab which instantly opens a new, blank page. That’s handy. My workaround had been to open a random new tab from the toolbar.
UPDATE: It’s both shrewd and creepy that a certain company that does no evil is filling the ad slots on this page with promotions for its own, competing browser.