Mozilla Releases Firefox 3 and Redefines the Web Experience

Major performance enhancements and revolutionary 'Awesome Bar' make Firefox

3 the fastest, smartest, most powerful browser Mozilla has ever released

Jun 17, 2008, 01:00 ET from Mozilla

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Mozilla today released
 Firefox(R) 3, a major update to its popular and acclaimed free, open source
 Web browser. Firefox 3 is the culmination of three years of efforts from
 thousands of developers, security experts, localization and support
 communities, and testers from around the globe.
     Available today in approximately 50 languages, Firefox 3 is two to
 three times faster than its predecessor and offers more than 15,000
 improvements, including the revolutionary smart location bar, malware
 protection, and extensive under the hood work to improve the speed and
 performance of the browser.
     "We're really proud of Firefox 3 and it just shows what a committed,
 energized global community can do when they work together," said John
 Lilly, CEO of Mozilla.
     What's New in Firefox 3:
     The Web is all about innovation, and Firefox 3 sets the pace with
 dozens of new features to deliver a faster, more secure and customizable
 Web browsing experience for all.
     User Experience. The enhancements to Firefox 3 provide the best
 possible browsing experience on the Web. The new Firefox 3 smart location
 bar, affectionately known as the "Awesome Bar," learns as people use it,
 adapting to user preferences and offering better fitting matches over time.
 The Firefox 3 Library archives browsing history, bookmarks, and tags, where
 they can be easily searched and organized. One-click bookmarking and
 tagging make it easy to remember, search and organize Web sites. The new
 full-page zoom displays any part of a Web page, up close and readable, in
     Performance. Firefox 3 is built on top of the powerful new Gecko 1.9
 platform, resulting in a safer, easier to use and more personal product.
 Firefox 3 now uses less memory while it's running, and its redesigned page
 rendering and layout engine means users see Web pages two to three times
 faster than Firefox 2.
     Security. Firefox 3 raises the bar for security. The new malware and
 phishing protection helps protect from viruses, worms, trojans and spyware
 to keep people safe on the Web. Firefox 3's one-click site ID information
 allows users to verify that a site is what it claims to be. Mozilla's open
 source process leverages the experience of thousands of security experts
 around the globe.
     Customization. Everyone uses the Web differently, and Firefox 3 lets
 users customize their browser with more than 5,000 add-ons. Firefox Add-ons
 allow users to manage tasks like participating in online auctions,
 uploading digital photos, seeing the weather forecasts, and listening to
 music, all from the convenience of the browser. The new Add-ons Manager
 helps users to find and install add-ons directly from the browser.
     For more information about Mozilla Firefox 3 and how it delivers an
 easier, faster, and safer online experience, visit
     Mozilla Firefox 3 is available now for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X
 operating systems as a free download from
     The release of Firefox 3 kicks off Download Day, the Mozilla
 community's grassroots campaign to set a brand new Guinness World Record
 for the greatest number of software downloads in 24 hours. The worldwide
 community effort begins the minute Firefox 3 is released and will continue
 for a full day. For more information, please visit
     About Mozilla
     Mozilla is a global community dedicated to building free, open source
 products and technologies that improve the online experience for people
 everywhere. We work in the open with a highly disciplined, transparent and
 cooperative development process, under the umbrella of the non-profit
 Mozilla Foundation. As a wholly owned subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation
 organizes the development and marketing of Mozilla products. This unique
 structure has enabled Mozilla to financially support and cultivate
 competitive, viable community innovation. For more information, visit

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