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Maybe it’s spurned on by the latest news about Opera’s speed
enhancements in Java or maybe it’s just part of the general browser
wars, but Mozilla’s come out with Firefox 3.6 today and word on the
street is this baby is fast.
What else is new?
Probably one change we’ve wanted to see is one-click theme swaps. These
new theme types, Personas, allow users to preview new themes in a
gallery, then click on it once and have the new theme applied. Of
course, you have to install the Personas add-on and restart Firefox to
make it work, but once you’re there, you’re gold. Now if they could
just find a way to install and change add-ons without that annoying
They’ve also added a right click option for when you’re viewing videos
to take them to full-screen mode easily and added some protections
against out of date plug-ins. The notifications of these dated plug-ins
will show up as a little bar across the top of your browser.
But according to Lifehacker, who’ve been testing since the alpha
builds, the upgrade from 3.5.7 to 3.6 is deceptively low key.
Apparently in page load time and in start-up time, the newest Firefox
has cut their figures substantially, now ranking just a smidge slower
than Google’s Chrome stable release browser. (Chrome’s development
version still continues to rank fastest in testing.)
For more development minded updates and changes, check out the release notes for more details.
So what are you still reading this for? Go and get your new Firefox now.