Firefox 3.5 Could Upgrade the Whole Web

New browser is faster and ready for HTML upgrade
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2009 11:54 AM CDT
Firefox 3.5 Could Upgrade the Whole Web
The new Firefox is faster than its predecessor.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Firefox, once lauded for “speed, stability, and customizability,” seemed lately to have fallen behind the competition—but with version 3.5, out today, it’s back and better than ever, writes Farhad Manjoo for Slate. The new version “adds a much-needed speed boost” alongside bug fixes. And best of all, its use of updated HTML code could “prompt a re-engineering of the Web itself.”

Firefox’s popularity may push Web designers to do more with HTML 5, which boasts, for example, better video capabilities than the current version of the code. Meanwhile, the new Firefox “launches quickly, fires up complex sites like Gmail and Google Maps without any hiccups, and runs tons of open tabs without crashing,” Manjoo writes. “Firefox, finally, is back.” (Read more Firefox stories.)

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