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September 17, 2008


First Impressions of Firefox 3

by Anthony Verre

The Reviews are Mixed: Firefox 3 Friend or Foe?

On June 17th, Mozilla released Firefox 3 browser; a browser with purported enhancements for “faster, safer web browsing”.

The Synopsis of Firefox 3 release:

Available today in approximately 50 languages, Firefox 3 is two to three times faster than its predecessor and offers more than 15,000 improvements, including the revolutionary smart location bar, malware protection, and extensive under the hood work to improve the speed and performance of the browser.

Three years of work and thousands of developers to produce the new browser. Many of us in the SEO/SEM/Search Marketing industry, as far as I can tell, have nothing but complaints about the browser thus far. The main issue: continually crashing. This browser, as far as I can surmise, doesn’t play nicely with Javascript or AJAX, and causes continual issues of crashing. Additionally, I’ve noticed that users are having trouble with Add-Ons, specifically the ones that we all can’t live without in order to do our daily work. Right there that’s a deal-breaker for me. In fact, it was such a deal breaker, that I downgraded back to Firefox 2 just so that I could continue to work at a decent pace with all my add-ons. And, it doesn’t seem that I’m alone.

Here are just a few choice conversations from the community:

Tamar\'s Plurk about FF3 Andy Beard\'s Tweet about FF3 Michael Graywolf Tweet About FF3

But then there are folks that think Firefox 3 has been nothing but awesome thus far. I’ve seen comments like, “FF3 is smoother” and “I’ve had no problems with it thus far.” So, it appears to be a mixed bag at this point. The Mixed Bag of Results


I’m waiting for a Firefox 3 update when they release some updates to play nicely with other web-standards like JS and AJAX, and when adding Add-ons doesn’t crash the entire browser. I would downgrade back to Firefox 2 until a new version is released. There’s been quite a backlash thus far, so I imagine that Mozilla been busy working on an update already. Downgrade as quickly as you can, and then upgrade when they release a new version.

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