Thursday, March 24, 2011

Firefox 4

                        Firefox 4 was released just a couple days ago. It was  much welcomed as anticipated. It came three years after the release of Firefox 3. Within 24 hours of it’s release it had already had 7.1 million downloads. As of this writing the number is up to 15 million after just 2 days. That’s what I call some incredible statistics. Upon Firefox’s initial first release in the early 2000’s, it was a much welcomed change for everyone. It had things that the Internet Explorer did not. For instance it had add ons. We had no clue at the time what that meant. Another refreshing welcome was tabbed browsing. You didn’t have to have several instances of the same browser opened at once. Firefox was always built upon Gecko, but know it is powered by WebKit. The same that power’s most other browser’s.

                        One of the most welcomed changes to Firefox 4 I think is the tabs are on top, but browser window is still easily draggable. Users won’t make the mistake of dragging a tab rather than the full window. By default Mozilla has changed the location of the home button. It has added a new bookmark bar as well. Fortunately we still have the option to simply right click and hit “customize”. Firefox 4 now includes an innovative new tab group feature known as Panorama. It started out as the Tab Candy extension. It is a great feature for us power users. If you don’t use the grouping or you don’t know how, just simply ignore it, you won’t know the difference.

                         Firefox was once the fastest browser on the block, but has become a little bloated over the last few years. Firefox 4 is faster than it’s predecessor, but still lacks loading pages as fast as Chrome. Mozilla has said that Firefox 4 doesn’t use as much memory even with all of the add ons and plugins. If a plug in crashes, you can just simply close the tab instead of the whole browser. There are a few things that I have noticed about this release of Firefox compared to the release of the IE 9.

                        Firefox 4 has a better design. One of the major improvements to both Firefox 4 and the IE9 is their design. Both now have a slimmed down interface that will likely attract more users, but Firefox’s is better. Firefox has better stability. Multi platform support. The IE 9 only works with Vista and Windows 7, whereas Firefox runs on Windows as well as Linux. One of the biggest obstacles that haunt Microsoft is, it’s trying to hard to overcome it’s past failures with the IE. Firefox 4 is a much faster browser. It’s more secure. What more can I say? Firefox 4 is a truly great browser. Don’t take my word for it though, try it for yourself, it can be found here:  I started writing this early in the day. It was a busy day for me today, by the end of the day around 11:30 P.M. central time, Firefox 4 had surpassed over 22 million downloads! Incredible! Top that IE9!  As always, I would love to hear your thoughts, comments, feedback or concerns. By the way get out there and enjoy your day!        



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