Firefox 3.5 Beta Released By Mozilla

Firefox 3.5 beta was released on Monday by Mozilla, the revamped open-source Web browser is designed to include several new Web programming features: better performance, secure browsing mode among others.

Mozilla has said earlier the fourth beta will the last, with more releases expected before the final version of Firefox 3.5 is released. Mozilla switched to the version 3.5 beta after concluding the changes were more significant than it envisioned, earlier version being 3.1 beta.

Latest changes compared with the current Firefox 3.0.x versions includes, the faster TraceMonkey engine for running Web sites' JavaScript programs; built-in JavaScript Object Notation technology for exchanging data between servers and browsers; the private browsing mode for leaving no traces on your computer while surfing; technology to let permitted applications know the user's location; and support for the Web workers standard for letting a browser perform processing in the background without holding back a Web application's user interface.

Amidst fiercely competitive browser market, Firefox still holds second place in market share to IE. Microsoft has released a significant new version, Internet Explorer 8, while Google has entered the market with Chrome and Apple is trying to secure a Windows foothold for its Safari browser.
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