Firefox 3.1

Firefox 3.1 beta 1 realeased on 14th October 2008.

Following are some major improvement, changes & new features of Firefox 3.1 beta1.

  1. Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine
  2. Added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties
  3. A new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you’re switching to
  4. Improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search
  5. Support for new web technologies such as the <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, web worker threads, SVG transforms and offline applications.

Firefox 3.1 beta

Web standard improvements  & CSS support will not be easily noticable to browser end user. Developer of web application need to study its support in Firefox 3.1.

Switching tab will show preview of the tabs is really good, valuable feature. Browser end user will surely get benifited.

Smart location bar using special character to restirct search is another good feature. It helps user to search URL of need by filtering unwanted URLs.

Firefox team is looking forward to implement new standards. Firefox 3.1 suppors <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, web worker threads, SVG transforms and offline applications. This features add some new base capability in the browser. This will help web application developers to develop better applications easily.

New TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is used in Firefox 3.1. Firefox Team claims it is fast & better engine. It will help to improve preformance of JavaScript based application.

Overall Firefox 3.1 has adopted many new standard. This will keep firefox on the top in future. Uasibility feature will make new fans of Firefox. As it is Beta1 end user need to wait till final release.

As of now Firefox team has published schedule upto Beta 2 which in mid Novemer. I think some stabel/final version of Firefox 3.1 will be released in December 08 or January 09 (Its all my guess). According to my expection Firefox 3.1 should be relased before Xmas.

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