A new version of FireFox is coming out today. You can already test drive the latest pre-release already. I’ve been using Chrome since last year for 95% of my browsing needs because of the speed. I miss plugins, and there are also pages that render a bit idiosyncratically and AJAX apps which get confused. Because of low market penetration naturally designers and developers don’t always make sure that their sites work appropriately for Chrome. In any case, now Farhad Manjoo has a review up of the new Firefox browser, and seems to think that it has revived the brand. His points are:
1) Almost as fast as Chrome or Safari (this seems about right).
2) Implementation of HTML 5, which promises to usher in the age of web 3.0. I’ll wait until there are real pages which try to utilize HTML 5 features before I evaluate this.
3) Plugins. And more plugins. Yes! (OK, well, obviously some plugins may not be compatible yet)
Manjoo points out that the best thing about FireFox 3.5 is that it will drive browser innovation. I’m still not a big fan of IE, but the gap between IE 8.0 and other browsers is thankfully far less than for the previous iterations. I will probably play around with FireFox this week and alternate with Chrome. If the page load difference isn’t particularly noticeable (doesn’t seem to be) than I’ll most assuredly switch back to FireFox; Google’s browser is optimized for simplicity and speed, but there are a few bells & whistles that I do miss, not to mention the fact that there isn’t a universe of extensions as there is for FireFox.