The wait is over. Firefox 3.5 has finally been released and is available for immediate download. I’ll soon be writing about some of the new features of Firefox 3.5 (improved privacy and improved clearing of history, tab tearing, video support, etc.) Until then, however, here’s the official list from the Mozilla Site:
From the download page, here’s the “What’s New”
Firefox 3.5 is based on the Gecko 1.9.1 rendering platform, which has been under development for the past year. Firefox 3.5 offers many changes over the previous version, supporting new web technologies, improving performance and ease of use. Some of the notable features are:
- Available in more than 70 languages. (Get your local version!)
- 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.
- 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.
- Developers can find out about all the changes and new features at the Mozilla Developer Center.
Personally, I’m a bit disappointed they didn’t include the Grouping of Tabs or Color similar to the IE8 Feature. Oh well, I’m still disappointed that IE8 still lacks the simple Spell Checker bundled with all modern browsers.