The beta 5 release of Firefox 3 was released this week, and contains the following improvements:
- Improvements to the user interface, including changes to the look and feel on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Mac OS X and Linux
- Changes and fixes for new features such as the location bar autocomplete, bookmark backup and restore, full page zoom, and others
- Fixes and improvements to platform features to improve security, web compatibility and stability.
Unfortunately, while the Web Developer toolbar has been updated to work with beta releases of Firefox 3, that gem of an extension, Firebug, has not. This is likely to be a big enough hurdle even for many early adopters. For what it’s worth, the speed improvements are certainly noticeable on my Mac.
Download Firefox 3 Beta 5 here.
Matthew Magain is a UX designer with over 15 years of experience creating exceptional digital experiences for companies such as IBM, Australia Post, and sitepoint.com. He is the co-founder of UX Mastery, and recently co-authored Everyday UX, an inspiring collection of interviews with some of the best UX Designers in the world.