Why should I update to Firefox 3?

Posted 6 years, 11 months ago at 12:01. 4 comments

Victory RobotThis post is primarily directed at my family, friends, and anyone who I’ve helped to install Firefox over the years. Hopefully my co-workers already know how awesome we are.

A new version of Firefox is coming out on Tuesday. Casual internet users may be asking themselves, “I already have a web browser. Why should I update to Firefox 3?” There’s lots of great stuff in Firefox 3, but several of the new features bear special highlighting for casual users:

  • AwesomeBar, aka the Smart Location Bar:

    Can’t remember the address of that web site you visited last week? Start typing some search terms into the location bar and Firefox 3 will automatically search through your history and present you with a list of potential matches. Couple this with a new tagging/bookmarking system, and you got an incredibly powerful system that makes things much easier and friendlier to use, but it’s better to see it for yourself.

    It’s hard to overstate just how awesome the AwesomeBar is, especially for casual users. Like tabbed browsing, the AwesomeBar represents a sea change in how web browsers are used. I think any future browser that doesn’t ship with something like the AwesomeBar out-of-the-box will ship broken. Deb has more information in her post, AwesomeBar is awesome.

  • Security:

    I saw weird stuff in that place last night. Weird, strange, sick, twisted, eerie, godless, evil stuff! And I want in.
    — Homer Simpson

    There are a lot of mean, evil people on the internet these days, but that knowledge alone doesn’t seem to stop us from from repeatedly putting ourselves in harm’s way by clicking random links in email, downloading dubious files, and such. Those of us who spend (seemingly) all day, every day in front of computers should know better, but casual users rarely have the tools or experience to make these kinds of judgment calls.

    Well, the people who *do* spend all day, every day in front of computers are coming to the rescue. Firefox 3 contains greatly improved site identification, as well as marked improvements to phishing and malware protection. These features don’t replace common sense, but they make it easier for users to make informed choices about resources on the internet.

  • Performance and memory usage:

    It’s no secret that Firefox 2 had some “issues” with memory usage. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise — for us, at least. Those of you who suffered through bloated browser experiences may not agree — because it forced us to develop tools to detect and measure the problems, and then get them fixed.

    And fixed them we have. Simply put, Firefox 3 kicks ass in the performance department. Whether you’re like me and have a million applications and tabs open at once, or just use your web browser to check out the latest pictures of your grandchildren, Firefox 3 is going to play nice.

There’s more, so much more, but at some point, I’m just repeating what Deb has already presented much more eloquently and succinctly in her Field Guide to Firefox 3, which is *THE* post on the subject.

Give Firefox 3 a try on Tuesday, or I’ll install it for you next time I’m over. :-)

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4 Replies

  1. See my Blog – Go Firefox3!

  2. I love Firefox and they have out done themselves this time. Great work and this is the reason why it kills IE!

  3. First of all yes Firefox is great and all but it still has bugs. And some of those bugs are serious enough that they make this certain browser a whole a lot less safe. Period.

  4. @John: Never claimed there weren’t any bugs. In fact, we’re quite open about our bug tracking.

    A whole lot less safe than what? Sure, using Firefox is less safe than sitting in a padded Faraday cage rocking back and forth all day sucking your thumb, but it’s safer than any other browser out there, especially when used in tandem with an add-on like NoScript.

    I think you’re just out to spread FUD if you’re not going to bother to cite a specific bug or issue.

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