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Firefox 3: A Few More Features

Monday, August 11th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Firefox 3: A Few More Features

As you probably remember from Friday’s newsletter, I told you about some of the new features found in the Firefox 3 Web browser. Well, come to find out, I thought of even more I just had to tell you about, so that’s what I’m going to take care of today. Let’s check them out!

Improved Performance

It’s not flashy and it doesn’t have any social networking features, but Firefox 3’s actual performance is one of the main reasons why you should consider upgrading or making the switch over to Firefox 3. Firefox’s engineers claim their third major release is 9.3 times faster than Internet Explorer 7 and 2.7 times faster than Firefox 2. That means you’ll get a snappier browser performance when you’re using Web applications, such as Gmail. Even more important, especially for Mac users, is the improved memory usage and more than 15,000 improvements that will save you from browser crashes.

Smart Location Bar

Like a personal assistant who telepathically knows when you’re going to need just the right phone number, etc., Firefox 3’s Smart Location Bar helps you get to your frequently visited or recently discovered Web sites in a super quick fashion. All you have to do is type the starting letters of the Web site you want to visit and Firefox will take care of getting you there. The Smart Location Bar also learns through repetition, so, for example, the next time you start searching with “li,” it knows you’re looking for Lifehacker and not Linux, as shown in the picture below:

Places Organizer

Previous versions of Firefox’s bookmark organizer have been pretty basic with the drag and drop method. But with Firefox 3’s new Places Organizer, you’ll be able to find your URLs quickly, as well as, keep them better organized with the tagging system. Better still, you can save those smart searches for the next time you need them.

There you have it. Three more reasons why you should love Firefox 3!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami

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