Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 3 Available for Download: List of New Features

Firefox 3 Beta 3
Mozilla has recently published Firefox 3 Beta 3.  Firefox 3 has few memory problems but some of the add-ons are not compatible.  One of the issues that I saw with previous versions of Firefox 3 was that it tended to freeze up with pop-up windows on the WordPress Admin.

Some of the improvements over Firefox 2 includes:
1.) One-click Site Info:
When clicking on the favicon next to the URL on the address bar, Firefox 3 relocates users to see who owns the site.
2.) Malware Protection: Firefox’s Malware feature displays a warning when entering a web site that is known for intalling viruses, spyware, and malware.
3.) A New Download Manager: Firefox has a new Download Manager add-on that displays where downloaded files come from.
4.) Podcasts/Videocasts: Podcasts and Videocasts embedded on Firefox can be associated with preferred media players.
5.) Linux/Mac Integration: There is a Firefox theme and add-ons with toolbars, icons, widgets, spell-checkers, and web forms to make it feel like its operating on a Mac.  The same thing is possible for Linux through a GTK theme.
6.) Star Button (Bookmarks): This feature is similar to Internet Explorer 7.0.  Clicking on the star one time saves it as a bookmark and a second click allows users to file and tag bookmarks.
7.) Speed: The speed is faster.  Firefox uses Cairo, an API that advances 2D drawing load-time.
8.) Auto-complete for address bar: When typing in letters or a URL in the address bar, a pull-down menu will display URLs with the favicon next to it.  Clicking on it directs the user to the URL.  It speeds up navigation using the browser.
9.) Memory usage: 350+ memory leaks were fixed in the new browser.  There XPCOM cycle collector eliminates other memory leaks.
10.) Windows Vista Parental Leaks: Accounts with parental controls on Windows Vista has file downloads disabled on Firefox.
The download is available in 34 languages.  Here are some of the release notes.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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