The Mozilla Foundation today announced the release of the much awaited Firefox 3.6. The most noteworthy improvement in this release is speed. According to Mozilla, Firefox 3.6 is “more than 20 percent faster than Firefox 3.5 and includes extensive under the hood work to improve performance for everyday Web tasks such as email, uploading photos, social networking, and more.”
Another new feature worth mentioning is Personas, which allows users to personalize their Firefox with new themes at the click of a mouse without restarting the browser.
Below are some of the features of Firefox 3.6 according to Mozilla
- Open Video and Audio: With the world’s best implementation of HTML 5 audio and video support, now video can be displayed full screen and supports poster frames
- Plugin Updater: To keep you safe from potential security vulnerabilities, Firefox will now detect out of date plugins
- Stability improvements: Firefox 3.6 significantly decreased crashes caused by third party software – all without sacrificing our extensibility in any way
And for developers
- Support for the latest HTML5 specification, including the File API for local file handling
- Font Support: In addition to OpenType and TrueType fonts, 3.6 now supports the new Web Open Font Format (WOFF)
- CSS gradients: Supports linear and radial CSS gradients which allow for a smoother transition between colors
- Device orientation: Firefox 3.6 exposes the orientation of the laptop or device to Web pages
I have been having a really nasty experience with Firefox of late, notable among them being it crashing just too much. I hope as Mozilla says, this release addresses that issue together with the amount of memory it uses.