Mozilla has reason to hoot and holler. Marking one of the most successful Mozilla launches to date, the company's Firefox 4 browser zoomed past 100 million downloads during its first month of availability. This despite the fact that Firefox 4 didn't set the record for most downloads for the first 24 hours following launch. According to Mozilla's counter, Firefox 4 has been downloaded more than 103 million times, and counting.
The current HTML Working Group charter defines HTML5 as being “a platform-neutral and device-independent design.” Pretty straightforward, right? Well, try telling that to Microsoft. Earlier this week, when it launched IE10 Platform Preview 1, the world's leading software vendor claimed that Internet Explorer is the only browser to deliver a “native HTML5” experience.
Are you under the impression that the modern day browser war doesn't amount to a hill of beans? Try telling that to Mozilla, who is in a dogfight with Microsoft (Internet Explorer) and Google (Chrome) for browser dominance. With plenty of ad dollars at stake and control over emerging Web standards, browser makers have vested interest in grabbing as much market share as they can. Mozilla, whose second place Firefox browser is at serious risk of being overrun by Chrome, announced a new rapid release development cycle, with an early version of Firefox 5 now up for grabs.
If you read our massive browser battle article, you know that Firefox 4 has recently been released. Call it a response to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9; call it general and expected progress; call it whatever you want—Firefox 4 is no slouch. It takes the best features of Internet Explorer and Chrome, improves them, throws in a mountain of new features itself, and wraps it all up in a sleek, intuitive package. To kick it all off, we’ve put together a visual guide to some of its best new features along with some tips and tricks to help turn you into Firefox power user. Read on!
Firefox 4 may be only a few weeks old, but Mozilla’s adoption of a Chrome style rapid release schedule has led to several leaks about upcoming Firefox 5 features, which believe it or not, should be released by the end of June. Users who want to gain access to the latest preview build can download a copy directly from Mozilla, or just hit the jump for a quick overview of what you can expect to see down the road.
One of the many features included in the new Firefox 4 browser is support for the new HTTP "Do Not Track" (DNT) header. The browser broadcasts the header to all sites requesting that the server not install any tracking cookies on the machine. In what amounts to a solid endorsement of the standard, the Associated Press has decided to implement support for the DNT header.
Just a week back, Microsoft was brimming with joy as it shared the first-day download stats of its latest web browser Internet Explorer 9 (IE9): 2.35 million downloads within 24 hours of its release on March 14, 2011. Even though pretty impressive, IE9's first day showing seemed to pale in comparison with some of the other major browser launches in the recent past. But if Microsoft still had any lingering delusions about its standing in the first-day-downloads war, they must have vanished earlier today as soon as Firefox blazed past IE9's launch day downloads within 7 hours of being launched. Hit the jump for more.
Firefox 4 has been a long time in the making but tomorrow (March 22, 2011) it will finally bid farewell to the protracted development process once and for all. If for some odd reason some of you simply can’t bear the wait any longer, you can download the final version a day in advance. Download links across the jump.
Google Chrome's streamlined user interface isn't the only trend sweeping through the browser scene. According to a draft document published by Mozilla programmer Rob Sayre, Mozilla is planning an accelerated release schedule for Firefox, which will include different versions with varying levels of stability.
Barring any last minute bug discoveries or anything else that would cause a delay, the final version of Mozilla's Firefox 4 browser should be ready to download on Tuesday, March 22nd. That's according to Mozilla's Damon Sicore, who posted a note on Firefox's official forum saying there's really no point in moving forward with another Release Candidate.