The Mozilla Foundation, the developers of the ever-popular Firefox Web browser, have just released the brand new version of thebrowser, Firefox 3, after three years of development. The new version is based on a new version of their Gecko code platform andit fixes over 11,000 issues with more than 2 million code changes from Firefox 2. Version 3 offers a whole new level of stabilityand security for Firefox because of the newly written code. Special attention has been paid to a few specific issues, such as thememory usage issues that have plagued all previous versions of Firefox.
When you install Firefox 3 on a computer with Firefox 2 already installed, you don't have to worry about losing any of yourpersonal settings and bookmarks because the installer will automatically import them all over to the new browser. The 7MBinstaller works amazingly well and installs quickly on most of today's modern systems.
When you first open the new browser, you'll immediately see a few changes to the user interface, but one will probably stick outthe most. The new "Location Bar" is where the traditional URL address bar is and it takes it to a whole new level. When you entera Web address or a few words into the location bar, Firefox will automatically suggest Web sites that you are either looking foror would be helpful alternatives to the site you are going to. For example, you can enter in a company name that you might notknow their Web address for and Firefox will automatically (and quickly) display below your query give you a few suggested sites,one of which will probably be for that company's Web site. Firefox looks through your history and bookmarks to find what you arelooking for. This saves time and few mouse clicks by skipping right over doing a search via a search engine because now you can doit all from Firefox 3's new location bar.