Mozilla finally releases Firefox 3.5

By on June 30, 2009, 12:28 PM
Following several test versions and on the very last day of its self imposed deadline, Mozilla has finally released Firefox 3.5 to the world. Originally dubbed 3.1, the new version brings a private browsing mode, support for emerging HTML 5 standards, location-aware browsing, a reduced memory footprint, updated anti-malware and anti-phishing features, improved tabs and more. The most notable new feature, however, is the TraceMonkey JavaScript engine which offers substantial speed improvements over previous releases.

In fact, Mozilla claims Firefox 3.5 is twice as fast as 3.0 and more than ten times as fast as 2.0. Exaggeration or not, recent benchmarks show the browser’s JavaScript performance is indeed faster, but still behind Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari. Firefox does have some advantages of its own that will keep people from switching away to rival browsers. Namely, a wide range of add-ons to expand its functionality and enough market share to make developers test their sites for Firefox compatibility.

The latest version comes little over a year after the much-publicized release of Firefox 3.0, which broke the world record for most downloads in a single day after 8,002,530 people downloaded the software. Users can download Firefox 3.5 here (7.7 MB), or head to Mozilla’s site to read the official release notes.

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Stonos said:

Sorry for being picky, but you're still using the old Firefox logo for the article's image :P

Here's the new one:
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viperpfl said:

Downloaded Firefox 3.5 and already had my first crash Upgraded from the previous version but it don't seem faster. I like what they done with the tabs though I am use to doing the CNTL-T

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I like my plug-ins in the previous version. I'll hold back on upgrading until they are all updated for this new release. That is, unless someone or some review shows me a "gotta have" feature in FF 3.5 that encourages me to update before the plug-in updates are available.

Guest said:

It takes 70MB just to start up firefox and they are talking of "low memory footprint" ?!?!

dustin_ds3000 dustin_ds3000, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Guest said:

It takes 70MB just to start up firefox and they are talking of "low memory footprint" ?!?!

its only 25MB to start on my computer and i have the ABP ad blocker plug-in too

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

Seems steady-Eddie to me..

T77 T77 said:

the older version took significant time to boot up. opera is much faster in booting up(almost instantly)

Rick Rick, TechSpot Staff, said:

Guest said:

It takes 70MB just to start up firefox and they are talking of "low memory footprint" ?!?!

It takes 70MB to load up firefox AND render a website, you mean... much like just about every other web browser.

Serag said:

Guys, Is there anyway to get Awesome Bar back ?

I mean being able to see 10 most visited bookmarks by pressing down on the Location bar...

Guest said:

Firefox hasn't crashed for me in years. Literally. Obviously this is user error, especially considering you spell it "CNTL." Nobody spells it that way. Look at your keyboard. Notice how it's spelled "CTRL?" Yeah. Welcome to technology.

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