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You may have followed the hubbub today about the release of Mozilla’s Firefox 3 browser. The company had declared today Download Day, in an effort to set a Guinness World Record for most software downloads in one day. Instead, Mozilla’s download servers were down until about midday and you couldn’t even visit the company’s home page. Firefox 3–the official version–is available for download now though. This is the browser most all web workers will want.

You may have followed the hubbub today about the release of Mozilla’s Firefox 3 browser. The company had declared today Download Day, in an effort to set a Guinness World Record for most software downloads in one day. Instead, Mozilla’s download servers were down until about midday and you couldn’t even visit the company’s home page. Firefox 3–the official version–is available for download now though.  This is the browser most all web workers will want.

One big difference in this new version, compared to the previous ones, of course, is that you can now use your Firefox extensions with it. Well, you can use many of them. I’ve run into a few of my favorite extensions, including iMacros, that aren’t updated for version 3. Here are some other things to keep in mind if you’re upgrading.

One of the huge initial attractions to Firefox, of course, was tabbed browsing. If you’ve gotten used to working with a lot of tabs, you’ll appreciate the new version’s much better memory handling. Also, version 3 is just much, much faster at rendering, due to its incorporation of the Gecko 1.9 rendering engine. In fact, Mozilla specifically claims: “Improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided optimizations have resulted in continued improvements in performance. Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast in Firefox 3.”

I don’t know about twice as fast, but I’m definitely getting vastly improved speeds with version 3. It’s interesting to note that Mozilla specifically cites on-demand, web-based applications such as Zoho Office as benefitting from the performance improvements. If your application is web-based, you want fast page rendering.

Over on the OStatic blog, we recently did a roundup of over 40 ways to get more out of Firefox. If you spend some time with that, and get the new version 3 of the browser, you should end up surfing smarter. Mozilla bungled its early effort to deliver this browser today, but it’s still good to have a much faster, smarter version of Firefox.

Have you been using version 3?  Does it work with all your extensions?

  1. Firefox 3 rocks and is super fast as promised. Optimize your FF3 experience with Firefox’s recommended add-on, the Me.dium Social Toolbar. Find us on AMO: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/4365

    Friend pjn, gfigg, and jenniferlauren so we can surf around together in Me.dium and talk about how Fx3 kicks @$$!! http://blogme.dium.com/content/2008/06/welcome-firefox-3-users

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  2. Dominic Rivera Tuesday, June 17, 2008

    It was disappointing earlier this afternoon heading to their site and finding that it was down.

    Finally downloaded and installed. Aside from the noticeable speed (faster), I still have to see what other stuff it has to offer.

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  3. Hope they achieve their target.

    Rajeev Vashisht
    http://tekno-world.blogspot.com

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  4. Still finding several extensions that don’t work, including the very important [to me] Tab Mix Plus. Everything else either has been upgraded to run on 3, or runs with the help of Nightly Tester Tools.

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  5. Derek, Tab Mix Plus works just fine in FF3, you just have to know where to look.

    Click here for the latest dev build. I haven’t had a problem with it.

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  6. firstgentrekkie Wednesday, June 18, 2008

    ColorZilla is not working with Firefox 3 yet.

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  7. ColorZilla is another one you have to look for. Get a beta that works just fine with FF3 here.

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  8. Don\’t forget about the portable v ersion over at portableapps.com – it\’s a great choice to put on a flash drive for use away from home. You should check out the Tag Sifter extension… it really enhances the bookmark-tagging capabilities of FF3.

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  9. [...] record came despite its downtime for about two hours after site visitors overloaded its server. At its peak, the server was said to [...]

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  10. [...] user of the Firefox browser has his or her own favorite Firefox extensions. Since last week’s release of the official version of Firefox 3 quite a few stories have been turning up around the web on extensions tuned specifically for the [...]

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