Browsers are the most important application for everyone today and Firefox is arguably the most trusted one for long time but Google Chrome has changed the situation in recent times. Being faster than other browsers and with updates on a regular basis, Google chrome has created its own niche in browser market and it gave a shock to Mozilla last December when it crossed Firefox to reach second spot in browser usage rankings following only Internet Explorer.
Chrome made Firefox think about their strategy and Firefox changed their release cycle to make it similar to chrome. Firefox 1.0 was released on November 9, 2004. Firefox 1.5 was released on November 29, 2005. Version 2.0 was released on October 24, 2006. Firefox 3.0 was released on June 17, 2008, with Version 3.5 and Version 3.6 released on June 30, 2009 and January 21, 2010 respectively. So 1.0 to 3.0 in 4 years, then 3.0 to 3.6 in more than one and a half year. Firefox 4 released on March 2011. Release date seems quite reasonable and following a similar pattern till Firefox 4 but what happened after that was a shocking discovery for most of the Firefox user community. Firefox started giving stable builds every six weeks similar to chrome and here we have today on January 31st 2011, Firefox 10 with us just after 10 months of Firefox 4. So 7 releases in 10 months. What Firefox is trying to prove??
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Firefox 10 got released today and you can have a look at release notes. Here are the download links for the same
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So what’s excitingly new in Firefox 10? Sorry to say but nothing much has improved from Firefox 9. Firefox 10 works on gecko 10 engine and supports html5 and css3. From a developer’s perspective feature which I liked most is Full Screen APIs which will allow building applications that runs full screen. One more exciting thing is that CSS3 3D-Transforms will be supported now. So the browser war is on. Whether Chrome looses or Firefox, one thing is sure that end user is going to win as he will have better browsers to use. So keep enjoying your latest browser and keep waiting for the next releases.