Technologizer reviews Firefox 3.5

“Was it really fewer than five years ago that Firefox 1.0 debuted? Its arrival ended the dismal period in which only one browser–Microsoft’s mediocre Internet Explorer–seemed to be viable,” Harry McCracken reports for Technologizer. “With Firefox, Mozilla proved that millions of people were itching to adopt a better browser. And today, we find ourselves with multiple better browsers: Not just Firefox, but also Google’s minimalist Chrome, Apple’s flashy Safari, the ever-inventive Opera, the highly social Flock, and even the no-longer-calcifying Internet Explorer 8.”

“All of which means that Firefox 3.5–which Mozilla plans to formally release today–is no longer a shoo-in for the distinction of being the favorite browser of browser fans,” McCracken reports.

“In many ways, today’s browser race really is a race: The single biggest trend in recent browser updates is an emphasis on speed. More specifically, an emphasis on optimizing JavaScript, the programming language that’s used on virtually all Web sites and which gives sophisticated Web apps such as Gmail much of their power. For Firefox 3.5, Mozilla created a new JavaScript engine, which it calls TraceMonkey. I used the industry-standard SunSpider benchmark, and found that TraceMonkey is zippy–2.6 times faster than the old Firefox JavaScript engine, essentially tied with Safari for second place, and just a smidge behind Google’s Chrome 2.0,” McCracken reports.

Read the full review here.

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