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June 17th, 2008

Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Final Version Available For Download

Mozilla Corp. launched a new Firefox version, 3.0, on June 17. This is a major update to the open-source browser that adds a new search tool, anti-hacking protection and revamped bookmarking. The first major revision of Firefox since late 2006, Firefox 3.0 was posted to Mozilla’s servers at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Firefox 3.0 first entered public testing with an Alpha 1 release in December 2006. The first of several beta versions was released in November 2007. The browser moved to release candidate stage last month. The third and final release candidate hit Mozilla’s servers less than a week ago.

The updated browser features a redesigned address bar that can be used to search for previously-visited pages using keywords or characters in either the URL or the page title. It also has a Google-powered anti-malware blocker that warns users before they reach a site hosting malicious code, as well as an enhanced tool for handling bookmarks and keeping track of the user’s browsing history. The browser’s performance has also been improved, and its memory leaks has been fixed.

According to the most recent data from Net Applications Inc., Firefox accounted for 18.4% of all browsers used in May, ranking it second behind IE (73.8%) and ahead of Apple Inc.’s Safari (6.3%).

As of 3:30 p.m. Eastern time today, Mozilla’s download servers were available and offering the final version of the open-source browser’s latest update. Within minutes of Firefox 3.0′s official launch at 1 p.m. Eastern time, Mozilla’s servers were overwhelmed by the traffic.

As part of the launch promotion, Mozilla had urged users to help set a single-day download record. No such record currently exists, Mozilla had admitted late last month in a FAQ, but it was pursuing one nonetheless. “This is the first record attempt of its kind, so there is no set number. We’d really like to outdo the number of Firefox 2 downloads on its launch day, which was 1.6 million,” Mozilla said in the FAQ.

After a blackout of more than an hour caused by users trying to download the final release of Firefox 3.0, Mozilla Corp. has restored service to its servers and Firefox 3.0 can now be downloaded from Mozilla’s site.

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