Mozilla’s latest version of Firefox lives up to the promotion it’s been getting. While mozilla’s marketing has been targeting Internet Explorer users, its preview release web browser compares favorably to Apple’s own Safari on Mac OS X, beating it in speed of loading pages. As for state-of-the-art features: Firefox blocks pop-ups, has tabs and usable bookmark management. One area in which it bests the Cupertino wizards’ app, oddly, is in the clean operation of its bookmark toolbar, which when it has menus works like a standard menu bar, showing each menu in turn as the mouse is moved after clicking on one menu. The only bad news is that animated graphics, found in so many embedded ads, suck up CPU cycles even when they’re not displayed, for example on an unselected tab page. Oh well, nothing is perfect.
It’s great to see the revival of an independent web browser that is good enough to win over users of the default browsers and thereby get the attention of website designers. The result will be improved compliance with standards, restoring and preserving the web’s platform neutrality.
posted @ 01:03 PM EDT