Firefox 3.5 now available to download

But comes with the odd bug.

The latest release of Firefox appeared as promised this afternoon BST on the Mozilla website, with the headline improvement being a claimed performance boost. It also comes with some bugs.

Mozilla claims that version 3.5 is twice as fast as version 3.0, which appeared a year ago, and up to ten times as fast as version 2.0. It's also true that the browser of 2009 has a lot more to do, and the new version also includes enhanced support for video content within the browser rather than through plug-ins. This has been built in to improve stability and performance.

The new version does break the odd plug-in, however, including the popular LastPass web login application for automated access to websites. That now has to be run manually. Firefox 3.5 also interferes with some forms that have not been a problem in previous recent versions.

Privacy is another enhancement with the arrival of a 'private browsing' feature that stops the caching of websites visited, cookies, forms filled in during browsing and passwords and logins used. This has to be turned on.

Of more long-term interest is location-aware browsing that lets the software pass back information on a user's geographical location so that applications can suggest services and points of interest in a user's locality.

Firefox 3.5 is available for download from the Mozilla website.

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