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Firefox 3 has steadily been on the tail of Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT)'s Internet Explorer as the number two browser of choice. With the final release of RC2 version 3, could Firefox become the IE slayer?
The answer the Test Center found -- not quite yet. Firefox has made some really great strides over previous versions with this release. There are an abundance of new features which can really give IE 8 (which is still in beta) a run for the money.
Test Center reviewers installed IE 8 beta and Firefox 3.0 on the same box -- a Vista SP1 machine with a 1.80 GHz processor and running 2 GB RAM. Firefox installed without incident.
Favicon-based action is one of the features in Firefox 3.0 that the Test Center looked at first. As with IE, in the URL bar an icon representing the particular Website resides next to the site's URL. Click that icon in IE 8, what happens? Nothing. Click it in Firefox 3.0 and a user gets detailed information about the security of the Website. The favicon pops open to a box that reports if the user's connection is encrypted or not, if the user visited that site previously and will list any cookies or saved passwords the site may be storing on the computer. Although it is possible to gather this type of information from IE, the ease of just one-click giving up detailed information about a site, is definitely a win for Firefox.
Bookmarking has become more sophisticated as well in Firefox 3.0.