Mozilla Firefox 3.6 final release date

Mozilla Firefox is ready to release their next big update to their browser, version 3.6.  The update will drop on Thursday, January 21 at 9:30 PST.  The next big version of Firefox is promised to be faster than any previous version available and focus on improving user experience.

Some of the new features in Firefox 3.6 are:

  • New Personas
  • Outdated Plugin Detection
  • Full Screen Open Video support
  • Web open Font Format
  • CSS Gradients and Backgrounds for Developers
  • File API
  • Drag and Drop
  • Desktop Orientation Sensors
  • Improved Speed

Mozilla Firefox currently has over 6,000 add-ons available to help customize your interface and tweak your browser.  Mozilla is adding in “Personas”, allowing users to preview how a theme looks before applying it.  Mozilla has also updated their plug-in detection, bringing you to a page with all the latest and out of date applications.

Firefox 3.6 will load webpages 20% faster than version 3.5, reducing their overall speed to just under a second.  Web designers will receive a CSS gradient and background and an updated file API for web application developers, to work just like desktop apps.  Firefox will also add drag and drop support, and even detect your computer orientation.

Thanks to mattburles for the news tip

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Chrome won't at present give the same extension functionality as Firefox though, it's getting there but not quite there yet and on top of that the bookmarks manager STILL doesn't support separator lines.

Also at 1:50 in the Youtube video he says Firefox 3.6 gets 995ms in the Sunspider benchmark - I just tested it and got 657.4ms +/- 1.9% - perhaps they need to update the figure :p

mrk said,

Also at 1:50 in the Youtube video he says Firefox 3.6 gets 995ms in the Sunspider benchmark - I just tested it and got 657.4ms +/- 1.9% - perhaps they need to update the figure :p

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xpi4-PfOpzE

Browsers ar ebecoming more of a circus. I just want to view a site. Period. I have no desire to theme this or that, or have some weird drag and drop rubbish. The only good idea were tabs. Now its just getting ridiculous.

rageagainstmachine said,
did they ever fix that issue with righ click crashing explorer, thahts why i moved to Chrome, and i must say! prefer chrome now! shame

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=518412#c77

Fix will be included in 3.6. Have to say, I too have been using Chrome for private browsing because of this bug, but I'm not as yet completely hooked on it. For one, Chrome disables extensions in private browsing, and extensions are the only reason I would consider using Chrome full-time.

Edited by Fish, Jan 20 2010, 6:52pm :

I for once think China should hack Neowin and censor out any troll saying Chrome is fast and FF memory leaks.

Jose_49 said,
Well... At least the thumbnail display still sucks, it hangs for lots of seconds, reason which I've deactivated it

What thumbnail display?

Hopefully they will at least improve its startup speed and the few seconds it remains laggy after started if you have even only a few addons installed.

Still my favorite browser, and still hoping they improve on things like memory usage, crash management and they much needed auto update feature. I've seen many installations try to auto install a new update only to see it fail and try the same thing at the next start up...

ajua said,
Hopefully they will at least improve its startup speed and the few seconds it remains laggy after started if you have even only a few addons installed.

A lot of the work on 3.6 was about startup speed and responsiveness. The work continues, but you should be seeing improvements in 3.6 already.

I've never really had an issue with it being laggy after starting though - that could feasibly be a specific one of your addons playing up?

Kirkburn said,

A lot of the work on 3.6 was about startup speed and responsiveness. The work continues, but you should be seeing improvements in 3.6 already.

I've never really had an issue with it being laggy after starting though - that could feasibly be a specific one of your addons playing up?


I have tried to disable one by one but the laggyness persists. I only have Adblock, Allinone sidebar, tab mix plus, flashgot, xmarks and menu icons.

I can't wait to try 3.6 to see how big the improvements are.

its a shame, there are still bugs in RC2 like: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=540611 and these: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/buglist.cgi?quicksearch=3.6+rc2

Yochanan said,
Well apparently RC2 is the final build then, so I'm already using it :P

Actually RC2 is just a fixed version for linux only , so for mac and pc , rc1 is final , whatever. BTW i really liked the video , and the way Beltzner said "Best Browser"

bogas04 said,

Actually RC2 is just a fixed version for linux only , so for mac and pc , rc1 is final , whatever. BTW i really liked the video , and the way Beltzner said "Best Browser"

No, RC2 is certainly a fixed version from Windows' RC1, did you even read the changelog?!

max84 said,
Chrome FTW :)

Seconded. Firefox 4 - today. Process separation, much improved speed, bookmark synchronization, and the UI Firefox is attempting to mimic. All Firefox 4 features, and even a large part of them. I don't even have to sacrifice extensions anymore.

Edited by Northgrove, Jan 20 2010, 8:22am :

Jugalator said,
and the UI Firefox is attempting to mimic.

Firefox will not have the retarded-top-tabs by default. A lot of things about Chrome are good, yes, but some people (me!) hate having the tabs up there. While they were building it in the first place, why didn't they just put them under and put the address/whatever bar there instead? Would be infinitely more functional and good looking.
Why does Chrome take up so much more space while not maximized? Because their super smart UI is in fact useless. It has no customization abilities and no, I am not speaking of changing colors or adding ugly images to anywhere. I am speaking of changing its basic form.
And why does Chrome not have the super bar functionality? In Firefox I can type "imdb [movie]" and get to the page instantaneously instead of getting to Google Search first like in Chrome. Ok this is an extension but still, it should have it, no?
Sorry if I sound a bit aggressive and stuff. I'm not attacking any one. Venting a bit frustration 8D.
I wonder why someone thinks posting "<favorite browser that is offtopic> FTW" is a good idea :(.
Just like my post it is useless.

I can't wait. I love updates from Mozilla. lol It's a shame though that the add ons always break. I hope the add on developers have updated where necessary.

I also saw that on the 20th Thunderbird 3.0.1 is scheduled for release. I'm looking forward to seeing what's fixed there. There are definitely some bugs with the message archiving and searching...

M_Lyons10 said,
It's a shame though that the add ons always break. I hope the add on developers have updated where necessary.

They say 80% of extensions are updated already. All of mine have been working in 3.6 and 3.7 for a while now :)

Andrew Lyle said,

It's only one day away actually :P

Oh right...something went wrong in my head when doing the time conversion lol :)