FireFox 3.5 Tomorrow?

There’s a rumor floating around that FireFox 3.5 will make an appearance tomorrow. At least, that’s what The Register says:

Mozilla is expected to spin out a complete version of Firefox 3.5 tomorrow, more than six months on from when it had originally planned to release the browser.

A company rep confirmed on Friday that 30 June had been earmarked for the day Firefox 3.5 would be shipped.

That didnt exactly convince me that it’s going to happen. But a quick Google search turns up other news sites with the same story. So perhaps this more fact than rumor. We’ll see tomorrow. So that brings me to the next question, what does FireFox 3.5 get you? Here’s a brief list:

  • Improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode.
  • Better performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • The ability to provide Location Aware Browsing using web standards for geolocation.
  • Support for native JSON, and web worker threads.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
  • Support for new web technologies such as: HTML5 <video> and <audio> elements, downloadable fonts and other new CSS properties, JavaScript query selectors, HTML5 offline data storage for applications, and SVG transforms.

All of which may make me switch back from Safari which is my browser de jour. If they do ship it tomorrow, I’ll download a copy (or two) and post my impressions here.

2 Responses to “FireFox 3.5 Tomorrow?”

  1. Oooh I am so excited I have to pee! 🙂 Why no hype this time I wonder?

  2. One more thing, it also supports Weave, from Mozilla labs. Weave will sync your browser settings, bookmarks, tabs, history, etc depending on how you configure it.

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