“We’re really proud of Firefox 3, and it just shows what a committed, energised global community can do when they work together,” said John Lilly, CEO, Mozilla.

What’s new in Firefox 3: The new Firefox 3 smart location bar, also known as the Awesome Bar learns as people use it, adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time. The Firefox 3 Library archives browsing history, bookmarks and tags, where they can be easily searched and organised. One-click bookmarking and tagging make it easy to remember, search and organise websites. The new full-page zoom displays any part of a Web page, up close and readable, in seconds.

Firefox 3 is built on top of the new Gecko 1.9 platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product. Firefox 3 now uses less memory while it’s running, and its redesigned page rendering and layout engine means users see Web pages two to three times faster than Firefox 2.

Firefox 3 also raises the bar for security. The new malware and phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware to keep people safe on the Web. Firefox 3’s one-click site ID information allows users to verify that a site is what it claims to be. Mozilla’s open source process leverages the experience of thousands of security experts around the globe.

Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox 3 lets users customise participating in online auctions, uploading digital photos, seeing the weather forecasts and listening to music, all from the convenience of the browser. The new Add-ons Manager helps users to find and install add-ons directly from the browser.

The Mozilla servers have been experiencing problems due to high demand for Firefox 3. This actually delayed the full release of Firefox 3 by more than an hour. According to a Mozilla Developer News weblog post, Firefox 3 is being downloaded more than 14,000 times a minute. With the launch of Firefox 3, Mozilla is hoping to set a Guinness World Record for the most downloads in 24 hours.

Mozilla Firefox 3 is available now for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. Click here to download Firefox 3 for free and find out what’s new in Mozilla’s latest Web browser


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