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Mozilla Firefox 3.5 Released

(July 2, 2009)

After four betas and three release candidates Mozilla finally released the final release of Firefox 3.5. With this they kept their promise to release the new browser in June.
The new browser counts more than five thousand small and big changes. Some of the new features include local storage for offline-usage, private browsing mode and build-in support for opensource codecs. Also the JavaScript speed is significant increased in this new release.

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Some of the the notable features of Firefox 3.5:

  • Support for the HTML5 <video> and <audio> elements including native support for Ogg Theora encoded video and Vorbis encoded audio. (Try it here!)
  • Improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode.
  • Better web application performance using the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • The ability to share your location with websites using Location Aware Browsing. (Try it here!)
  • Support for native JSON, and web worker threads.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Support for new web technologies such as: downloadable fonts, CSS media queries, new transformations and properties, JavaScript query selectors, HTML5 local storage and offline application storage, <canvas> text, ICC profiles, and SVG transforms.
Developers who want to play with the new features of Firefox 3.5 can checkout the new features list on the Mozilla developer center. Also some articles for Firefox 3.5 can be found at hacks.mozilla.org.
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