Top 10 Firefox 3.5 Features

Top 10 Firefox 3.5 Features

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.

10. Undo closed window

Tab Mix Plus

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.

8. Keyword AwesomeBar filters

7. Smarter session restore

6. Private browsing mode

5. Colour profiles that pop

4. TraceMonkey JavaScript engine

shown up in our speed tests

3. Geo-location

disable it

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)

Ubiquityultimate Firefox commander

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.


  • Smarter seesion restore? That is an awesome feature I have had FF crash due to one site and when I reload it simply brings back that same damaged site. Since I usually have a big number of tabs open, now I won’t have to reopen every single site all over again…cool

  • Faster loading times would be a plus. I love Chrome, but from a productivity point of view it’s FF all the way. With all the snazzy plugins and these latest upgrades, I am more than happy to keep using FF for all of my needs.

  • Items 3, 8, 9 and 10 were sourced directly form Opera.

    6 is from IE or Safari (i think IE was first)

    2 has been incorporated by each vendor with different format support.

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