Thursday, March 24, 2011

Firefox 4 released, 14.5 million downloads done already

After an unusually long beta and two release candidates (which could have been the final versions), Firefox 4 has released as a stable version for the public. In two days flat, it has reached over 14 million downloads.
Microsoft had reported that IE9 reached over 2.4 million downloads on the day of its release. Firefox has more than crossed it. On the first day alone, it reached over 7 million downloads. At the time of writing this, it is roughly two days since its release and the downloads have reached more than 14.5 million.

If you've been following this blog, you will know that I have been following Firefox 4's development since it was it beta. And it has seriously improved a lot in all these months. Here are some key features in the new version, compared to Firefox 3.6:
  • A brand new look (it's more like Opera now)
  • A lot (seriously) faster
  • Support for so many more web standards
  • Firefox Sync integration
  • Panorama tab manager
  • Revamped add-ons manager
  • (Significantly) Less memory and CPU usage

Mozilla themselves will be able to tell you all about this brand new browser a lot better than me. Head over to their website here and discover it yourself. You can download a copy of the browser yourself over here and give it a try yourself. You'll love it.