Firefox 3.5 Pushes Mozilla Back Among the Top of the Browser Heap
In the last year, Firefox has faced challengers in areas in which it was always comfortably ahead. However, with the release of Firefox 3.5, Mozilla has addressed many of the biggest problems of its Web browser. Most of the changes are under the hood, but the improvements are enough to make Firefox one of the most compelling browsers available, and enough to earn the new version an eWEEK Labs Analyst's Choice award.By pretty much any measure, Mozilla's Firefox browser has been a huge success. Firefox is one of the most successful open-source applications of all time, second only to the Apache Web server. And in just a few short years, Firefox has been able to take significant market share away from Microsoft's Internet Explorer, a task that seemed impossible when Firefox first launched. But in the last year, Firefox has faced challengers in areas in which it was always comfortably ahead of IE, such as innovative new features, standards support and reliability. In many ways, the only claim to superiority that Firefox most recently had over rivals such as Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Opera was in its large community of add-ons.
However, with the release of Firefox 3.5, Mozilla has addressed many of the biggest problems of its Web browser. And, while most of the new features are under the hood, Firefox 3.5's improvements are enough to push it back among the top Web browsers in all areas and to make it one of the more significant new browser releases. The improvements are also enough to gain Firefox 3.5 an eWEEK Labs Analyst's Choice.