24 hours with Firefox 3.5 beta 4

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by Mike
Posted April 29th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

After having some time to play with Firefox 3.5 beta 4, I have to say that I like it - I like it a lot.  So far I have been using it pretty extensively putting it through its paces.  The best news, it works with Wordpress without any glitches unlike Safari 4 beta.  As expected most of my plugins and themes don’t yet work with 3.5 beta 4, but give it time, the support will come.  As mentioned yesterday, 3.5 beta 4 almost gets a perfect score on the Acid 3 test but ultimately falls just short with a 93/100 score.  Hopefully they’ll improve the browser such that when it leaves beta, a perfect 100/100 score is attainable.  For a quick recap, it brings a “privacy mode” to the much loved browser as to allow you to hide your less than kosher browsing habits, or, maybe you just want to hide a birthday present purchase.  Whatever the case, you can now use Firefox.  Also, Firefox 3.5 beta 4 uses the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform which has been in development for quite some time now (10 months to be exact).  Coupled with the new TraceMonkey Javascript engine and you have the formula for a peppier and more capable browser.  And last but certainly not least, location based features have now been added to Mozilla’s latest and greatest meaning more relevant information for searches.  If you haven’t downloaded Firefox 3.5 beta 4, I highly suggest you stop procrastinating and give it a try now.  It is a very worthy upgrade that is sure to please.

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