Firefox 3 Released

The latest version of the Firefox web-browser, version 3, was released today to much fanfare.

Vlad was amongst many who reported that Mozilla, the folks responsible for Firefox, wanted to set a World Record for the most downloads in one day via the URL – unfortunately, every time I’ve visited today the site has been down. The site was obviously *too* popular!

Never fear, the UK version of Firefox 3 is available for download over at the Mozilla Europe web-site.

First impressions? Well apart from breaking most of my favourite Add-In’s, the new look and feel are nice and the ability to type into the Location Bar and instantly search your bookmarks and history is very useful. The forward/backward buttons are also designed to give a better overview of the history of your browsing. There is now a "one-touch" bookmark feature for grabbing web-sites quickly (click twice and you can choose the bookmark location as before) and the ability to add Tags to bookmarks to easily find them later (ala Delicious). Security is also beefed up and browsing speed is faster – although I’ll be honest and say I couldn’t tell one way or another on this.

Full details of the new features can be found here.

Some interesting features that were on the table but I couldn’t confirm were included in this release were the ability to download Firefox 3 as an MSI file – and thus push it out via Group Policy to business networks – and some Group Policy settings for Firefox itself. It will be interesting to see if these features are included in the final release, as this would really be useful to System Admins and IT Consultants alike!

Got Firefox 3? What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know.


6 Responses to “Firefox 3 Released”

  1. 1 Matt June 18, 2008 at 3:11 am

    I\’ve used various beta incarnations of FF3 in the past several months. Many of the new \’features\’ are now second nature to me and the broken add-ons seem less important than they once were (Plus, hopefully we\’ll now see ver. 3 versions released, no?)BUT…Let\’s see if the really \’real\’ FF3 can pass the final test and post only ONCE to Microsoft\’s Live Spaces comment system?Survey says….

  2. 2 Matt June 18, 2008 at 3:12 am

    WOW! WOW!! WOW!!!(I honestly thought it wouldn\’t be fixed.)O:-)

  3. 3 Richard June 18, 2008 at 9:31 am

    Matt – now that\’s a feature worth having! The ability to post comments to Tubblog! 🙂

  4. 4 Matt June 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Tubblog is the whole point the internet exists, if you ask me 😉

  5. 5 Nick June 18, 2008 at 10:55 pm

    I grabbed FF3 today and I was pretty impressed with it. No mind blowing new features, but it did feel quicker.I\’m currently using Front Motion\’s version of FF2 on one customer site where I need to lock down settings via GPO.  It\’ll be interesting to test with FF3 to see if it can now do this natively.Nick

  6. 6 Richard June 19, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up on "Front Motion" Nick – I wasn\’t aware of that version of Firefox! Looks interesting!

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