Firefox Back from the Dead with the Chrome Challenger Release
On Tuesday Mozilla announced the release of the long-anticipated Firefox 4, the latest version of the corporation's open-source web browser
Posted by Killian McAleese, 23rd March 2011
Firefox has long been a serious player on the browser scene and a challenger to Microsoft's Internet Explorer. However, there have been numerous developments in the market since Firefox 3.0 was launched in 2008 and since then the Mozilla browser has been seriously challenged by Google's launch of their own Chrome browser which has taken much of Mozilla's market share.
The intervening time also saw Apple's Safari upgraded twice and Internet Explorer advance from version 8 to version 9.
These developments did not leave Firefox unscathed and there is a perception amongst users that Mozilla's delays in releasing their new version has meant a slower browsing experience when compared with competitors.
In an opinion whip-around in the Open Plus offices, where the majority use Chrome, the main reason given for not using Firefox was because up to now it has been too slow compared to Chrome.
Update: we now use Forefox 5! (July 2011)
“It's about time,” commented user Loverock Davidson, “I've been waiting months for this day.”
The Mozilla team will be hoping the release of Firefox 4 will be a turnaround in the browser's competitiveness in what is an increasingly tough market.
So far the indications are good, with Firefox hitting the record books with more than 5 million downloads less than 24 hours after its official release.
Update: By lunchtime GMT on 23rd March 2011, Firefox 4 has passed the 7 million download mark
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