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250% speed With Mozilla Firefox 3.5 RC1

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Mozilla made the final build of 3.5 RC1 publicly available (the numbering indicating that there may yet be an “RC2”). So after a fresh round of tests, we can report the following: RC1 will provide Windows XP SP3 users with 251.5% the speed of version 3.0.11, will give Vista SP2 users 244.7% the speed, and will give Windows 7 RC users 239.6% the speed of the current stable edition.

Mozilla Firefox – faster, more secure, easier to use and sporting a new look, this latest Firefox release sets a new standard for web browser innovation. Mozilla Firefox project (formerly Firebird, which was formerly Phoenix) is a redesign of Mozilla’s browser component, written using the XUL user interface language and designed to be cross-platform. It is small, fast and easy to use, and offers many advantages over other web browsers, such as the tabbed browsing and the ability to block pop-up windows.

Mozilla Firefox 3 is focused on improved memory handling, performance, and stability, improved XUL, and new core components such as application data stored in SQLite. Firefox 3 is based on the Gecko 1.9 Web rendering platform, which has been under development for the past 34 months. This new platform includes more than 15,000 changes to improve performance, stability, rendering correctness, and code simplification and sustainability. Firefox 3 is been built on top of this new platform resulting in a more secure, easier to use, more personal product with a lot more under the hood to offer website and Firefox add-on developers.

The most important features in Firefox 3.5 RC1:

– improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode
– better performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
– the ability to provide Location Aware Browsing using web standards for geolocation.
– support for native JSON, and web worker threads.
– improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
– support for new web technologies such as: HTML5 and elements, downloadable fonts and other new CSS properties, JavaScript query selectors, HTML5 offline data storage for applications, and SVG transforms.
– it is available in more than 70 languages

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