Firefox 3 takes on Internet Explorer

Firefox has proved to be a truly amazing browsing experience. When launched in 2004, it was fast and secure. It had all the things that Internet explorer had not. Due to the monopoly of Internet Explorer in the web browsing area, it was felt like a breath of fresh air in the web browsing environment. Since the demise of Netscape back in 2003, it seemed that with the only true competitor reaching the verge, IE will be the sole player here.

But Mozilla helped transform the browser from a mere utility to the heart of the modern-day computing experience. Due to its skyrocketing popularity, Microsoft was forced to improve Internet Explorer and it finally came with IE 7. For a certain period of time, Firefox went into a decline. But with Firefox 3.0, Firefox is back on track.

What’s New in Firefox 3

So what makes the Firefox 3.0 version better? The very first thing I observed that it is fast in all aspects. The downloading package comes quite easy and fast. The browser opens up fast, pages and tabs open fast, shut down process is fast. And the user interface has been improved dramatically. It is far better, brighter, clearer, and easier to access. Page zooming is brilliant. Things like bookmarking, saving passwords, and finding words and phrases in the text of a web page are now simple.

In simple words, Mozilla have gone back to basics and worked on what really matters to users - security, speed and ease of use.

User Experience: The new Firefox 3 smart location bar, affectionately known as the “Awesome Bar,” learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.

Performance: Firefox 3 is built on top of the new and powerful Gecko 1.9 platform, which makes it a safer, easier to use and more personal product. Now it uses less memory while it’s running. Users can see the Web pages two to three times faster than Firefox 2.

Security: With the new malware and phishing protection, Firefox 3.0 helps protect from viruses, worms, Trojans and spy ware to keep your computer safe on the Web.

Customization: It allows everyone customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons. The new Add-ons Manager helps to find and install add-ons directly from the browser.

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