Firefox 3 Prerelease Is Already The Best Browser

Firefox 3 Prerelease Is Already The Best Browser

The Firefox browser from Mozilla is on version three. And version three is currently available as "Prerelease Candidate 2". That means it's not ready for public consumption, but many people are using it. It's unlikely that much will change after Prerelease Candidate 2, so let's go with it. According to Walt Mossberg at least, Firefox 3 is the best browser you can buy right now, and of course, like all the other major browsers, you can't buy it -- it's free.

I’ve been using prerelease versions of Firefox 3.0 for months, and have recently been testing a near-final version and comparing it closely to IE and to Safari. I have tested it on multiple Windows PCs and Macs, on desktops and laptops, over slow connections and fast ones. I have tried it with well over 100 Web sites.

My verdict is that Firefox 3.0 is the best Web browser out there right now, and that it tops the current versions of both IE and Safari in features, speed and security. It is easy to install and easy to use, even for a mainstream, non-technical user. It can be downloaded, free, at mozilla.com by clicking on “Firefox 3 Sneak Peek.”

This situation may change. Microsoft is working on a new version of IE, scheduled to be unveiled later this year, with some impressive new features. And Apple is always working on new iterations of Safari, though it is secretive and hasn’t disclosed its plans. But for now, in my view, Firefox 3.0 rules on both Windows and Mac.

We tried Release Candidate 1, and it certainly did display pages more quickly and used fewer system resources to do so than Firefox 2 did. But an update of Adobe's Flash utility made it impossible to display Flash media at all, so Release Candidate 1 got nuked from orbit on our machine. We'll try Candidate 2 and see if it's fixed and report back to you.
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Yeah I downloaded it this morning I guess Im going to make the leap from IE to firefox!

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I'm using RC1 and its great. I gotta go and find RC2 Smile

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I'm still waiting for the official release before I get it.  I'm not one to beta.  But it's good to hear positive things so far.  Firefox is my browser of choice and if it uses less resources in the new release than it's just even better. 

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Correction: Firefox 3 WOULD BE the best browser if there was a way to turn off the brashly named "Awesomebar" and use the old algorithms. When I type something in the location bar, I expect the web address that I typed to come up, not the title of another page that happens to have those letters halfway through it. It's enough to make me consider IE (as the new text rendering IS much improved, and makes going back to FF2 difficult), ActiveX and all.

I don't need my browser "thinking" about what I'm looking for, I'm quite capable of doing that myself. For those who aren't, fine, include the feature, but give us a way to turn it OFF.

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I love the awesome bar namely because i usually surf the same websites.

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I'm using firefox 3 for quite a while know. Downloading RC2...

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Far better then FF2. I love FF3. It loads faster, uses less memory, and is way more secure. Microsoft has a lot of room to catch up on now. By the time they finalize the stuff for IE8 the next version of FF will be well under development.

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Laggerzero:
Far better then FF2. I love FF3. It loads faster, uses less memory, and is way more secure. Microsoft has a lot of room to catch up on now. By the time they finalize the stuff for IE8 the next version of FF will be well under development.

 

 

As soon as get my new rig built Im going to after alls advise give FF a test run.Do you guys run them both on the same machines?

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Firefox Beta 3.0 RC2 is available HERE.

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im not usually dont use beta but this one is Very temping  

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The one thing I dislike about FF is that it loads images tremendously slower than IE. I often find myself reopening pages in IE tabs just to see the images quickly. 

I'll be giving IE8 serious consideration when it comes out.

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I switched from Camino to release candidate 2. It's better than the previous iteration.

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