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License: FreewarePublisher: Mozilla Foundation

OS: Windows 7, Vista, 2003, XP, 2000

Update: 2012-03-07 19:13:00Latest Version: 3.6.28 / 4.0.1 / 5.0.1

Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 Released For Public Testing – Let's See What's Under The Hood

Just a few months have passed since the release of Firefox 3, but it has not been a reason for the Mozilla developing team to rest on their laurels. The red panda's team has been working behind the scenes to thoroughly prepare Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 launch.

Besides, Mozilla announced just a few weeks ago that there will be a numbers change in the development of Firefox 3.1.The final version has been delayed time after time and in the end they decided to call it Firefox 3.5 in an attempt to reflect the amount of improvements that the browser will come out with. However, the numbers leap has not been made yet as to the Beta versions are concerned.
To make a long story short, the Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 is now available as a preview release this means that it has been released for public testing and everyone's been invited to download it from Mozilla's beta site in one of its 64 fully localized versions. So, today I'm going to tell you about the most important changes and developments for this version.

Inside Renewal: Usability Vs. Aesthetics
We are facing a browser which has been renewed mainly in its inside aspects, however, outside visible changes are very subtle, Mozilla's bet is clearly focused on an improved level of usability, with support for the new properties of CSS 2.1 and 3.0, plus native support for .OGG files. This means that you can play .OGG files on web pages without having to download the native codec, which is highly appreciated.

Another addition in terms of usability is the  “Open a new tab” button which is placed on the right side of the last open tab, this new button is very usefull for creating a new tab quickly (the old keyboard combination of  Ctrl+T worked fin but I think this is much faster), or the combination of CTRL + TAB to move easily from one tab to another.

On the other hand, Firefox 3.1 beta bets on speed, so it includes its own JavaScript virtual machine named Trace Monkey (a lot has been heard about this feature in so many forums) or updating the Gecko rendering engine, which reaches version 1.9.1 and promises greater compatibility with the latest web development technologies. This version also includes support for HTML 5 and JSON natively, support for new technologies like the "video" and "audio", the W3C Geolocation API, SVG transformations, properties of CSS 2 and 3. An important thing to know is that the new version is available in 64 languages and can be downloaded for Windows, Mac and GNU/Linux

The privacy aspect of Firefox 3.1 beta 3 appears with the inclusion of the private browsing mode similar to what we have seen in Google Chrome and Safari, that is, when we open a window in private mode, all the pages you visit under this mode will not be saved in your history nor any trace of you browsing will be recorded.

Little Details
You know I think that details make the difference even if they are small things, well I found one of them in Firefox 3.1 beta 3: now we are able to use the address bar for making Google searches. I think this saves a lot of time if you are constantly googling things.

Final Words
All in all, we get a more usable and faster Firefox but on the cost of instability, I could experience myself a couple of crashes, but as you know this is a beta bugs are supposed to happen...

Give Firefox 3.1 beta 3 a try and tell us what you think. Share your opinion with us and everybody else in the comments section below.

Author: Lucas Artigas Review on: Firefox 3.1 Beta 3

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