Browser wars intensifies – Firefox 3.5 hits more than a million download

The browser war has intensified with the release of the new version i.e. Firefox 3.5. It claims to be 50% faster than the older version and has many improvements. I’m was always a fan of Firefox but recently I started using Google’s Chrome along-with Firefox too. Chrome is has become popular for faster rendering of web pages and better handling of JavaScript. Since, now most of the Web2.0 websites are very JavaScript intensive, even a little improvement in browser performance counts.

You can monitor the downloads of Firefox 3.5 real time here. Check the below screen-shot at the time of writing this post (more than a million download in just few hours of release).

Realtime Firefox Download (more than 1 million within few hours)

Seems like Firefox is taking Google’s challenge very seriously and to counter Chrome’s advances it has released the latest version “Firefox 3.5”. It offers many changes over the previous version, supporting new web technologies, improving performance and ease of use.

Some of the notable features are:

  • Available in more than 70 languages.
  • Support for the HTML5 <video> and <audio> elements. [Read our post on HTML5]
  • Improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode.
  • Better web application performance using the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • The ability to share your location with websites using Location Aware Browsing.
  • Support for native JSON, and web worker threads.
  • Speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Support for new web technologies such as: downloadable fonts, CSS media queries, new transformations and properties, JavaScript query selectors, HTML5 local storage and offline application storage, <canvas> text, ICC profiles, and SVG transforms.

For more details check here:

UPDATE: As of now 7th July 2009 12:19 AM the total downloads of Firefox 3.5 is fast approaching 17 million.

Disclosure: Currently, I use both Chrome and Firefox but Chrome is my default browser. I will update the post if Firefox 3.5 actually delivers on its promises and make me switch my default browser from Chrome to Firefox again.

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