If you’ve been living on the edge of Firefox, this won’t be news, but Firefox 3 hit another milestone last night: Release Candidate 1 is out. This release is all about stability and speed and bug fixes; there aren’t any huge new features to trumpet if you’ve been watching the betas. But if you had trouble with beta 4 or beta 5 (which for me, was the worst of the bunch), the RC is much better.
I’ve been using Firefox 3 since very early in its lifecycle, and it’s definitely grown on me. One of the best features is one of the least flashy: the new location bar. Typing just about anything you remember about a site – its address, its domain, its title – and the location bar will search through where you’ve been to find it. Even better, it’s smart enough to put the sites you visit most at the top of the list. A seemingly small improvement, but it’s changed the way I browse: I depend much less on bookmarks and searches now, instead choosing to just go to the location bar and type.
For more details, see the release notes.