The technology priest at the Wall Street Journal (subscription required) Walter Mossberg has heaped praise on the upcoming Firefox 3.0 browser upgrade in today’s issue of the newspaper.
Here’s an excerpt from Mossberg’s review of Firefox 3.0 in the WSJ:
I’ve been using prerelease versions of Firefox 3.0 for months, and have recently been testing a near-final version and comparing it closely to IE and to Safari. I have tested it on multiple Windows PCs and Macs, on desktops and laptops, over slow connections and fast ones. I have tried it with well over 100 Web sites.
My verdict is that Firefox 3.0 is the best Web browser out there right now, and that it tops the current versions of both IE and Safari in features, speed and security. It is easy to install and easy to use, even for a mainstream, non-technical user. It can be downloaded, free, at mozilla.com by clicking on “Firefox 3 Sneak Peek.”
This situation may change. Microsoft is working on a new version of IE, scheduled to be unveiled later this year, with some impressive new features. And Apple is always working on new iterations of Safari, though it is secretive and hasn’t disclosed its plans. But for now, in my view, Firefox 3.0 rules on both Windows and Mac.
I couldn’t find any significant downsides to Firefox 3.0. Every page I tried rendered properly and rapidly on both platforms. I ran into only one glitch, in a preference setting. That problem appeared on only one of my four test machines and was fixable with the help of Mozilla, albeit via a geeky method.
We’ve been using Firefox for several years and have no issues with it. It almost never crashes and we love the tab feature.
Our one beef with Firefox has been that you cannot print by right-clicking a page.Â But that’s a small cavil.
So How is this better than firefox 2?
According to Mossberg (of WSJ), Firefox 3 is faster, has better security, improved bookmark features (like easy bookmarking and backup & restore), one-click WHOIS info on the site being visited etc.