Firefox 3.5 is a pretty substantial update to the popular open-source browser, and it’s just around the corner. See what features, fixes, and clever new tools are worth getting excited about in the next big release.
9. Tab tearing
Google Chrome somewhat stole the thunder out from under this feature, but it’s still a nice one: Grab a tab and drag it out a bit to create a new browser window from it. Drag windows into tabs again, and open any tab in a new window from the right-click menu, if clicking and dragging isn’t your style.
2. Video superpowers with HTML 5
If you’re viewing a page coded in HTML 5 with video in an open-source format like Ogg Vorbis or Theora, Firefox 3.5 treats that video like it’s just part of the page, not a separate little island of Flash content. That means instant commenting on videos. It could also mean offering links from inside a tutorial video that offer more details on what’s being shown—soldering tips on an iPhone repair guide would be keen. In general, it’s just a promising step forward into a seamless melding of video and text on a future web.
1. Integrated Ubiquity (a.k.a. TaskFox)
Many thanks to the Mozilla Links blog, which covers Firefox news and updates like a glove. Now that we’ve thrown out the 10 features that are getting us jazzed for a final 3.5 release, let’s hear what you’re most looking forward to, and what remains unrequited among your Firefox desires, in the comments.