The latest, highly anticipated version of Firefox is gearing up for full-scale release. It has just had its beta training wheels taken off and has reached Release Candidate stage. In short, it has reached the stage where web developers can test their services on a pretty much finalised version so that they’re ready for when it is granted its official release.
Naturally, Firefox 3 will be more secure from internet nasties and aims to be faster and more efficient than its predecessors. I’ve been tinkering around with the beta on my laptop and but have been able to do less than I’d have liked because it doesn’t work with our blogging tools properly yet. However, as soon as it does, I’ll be upgrading.
The best changes I’ve noticed so far are that it gives you the choice of saving all your open tabs for next time you run it (very Opera really). When you type an address into the navigation bar it also gives you a much more extensive list of websites that you have visited previously and drawn from your bookmarks to choose from.
The best feature of all is the redesigned password management. Old Firefox and (I believe) most other browsers offer you the chance to remember username and passwords before you login to any given site. Therefore, if you can’t quite remember your exact password, you either have to clikc ‘Not now’ and log back in later to get it to offer you the chance again or just hope that you’ve guessed right and risk having it remember the wrong thing.
In Firefox 3, the option to save your login deets pops up at the top of your navigation window at the same time as the site logs you in. So you can wait and see if you got it right before commiting it to your browser’s memory. Like all the best ideas, it so simple and sensible that it makes you wonder why no one thought to of it before.
I’m sure there are plenty of other tweaks and improvements appearing in the final release that I haven’t noticed yet, and inevitably one or two gripes, but so far it looks like a worthy successor to the Firefox line-up. You can see details of the new improvements here and download the Firefox 3 Release Candidate here.
Firefox (via eFluxMedia)