Earlier today on Digg, I was fortunate enough to see a story pointing out where you could download the beta version of Firefox 3.0. Now, I’m a pretty big nerd, but not so big of a nerd that I get into things like beta builds and things like that. But I really like Firefox, and so I thought I’d try it out and see how it works.
Well I’ve been using it all day so far, and I have to say that they’ve definitely done a great job. From my point of view, all I can really tell are the cosmetic details that have been cleaned up. Fonts render a lot better, the line spacing for items is cleaner, and buttons and boxes have never looked so orderly. There are also a couple of new features like staring a website, instead of having to bookmark it. You simply click the star next to the address bar, and then it shows up in your places toolbar, making that site you just visited readily accessible without having to leave 15 tabs open.
Going through my mail in Gmail has honestly never been easier, or looked better. I have my fonts set at 15 pt, Helvetica, and everything seems like it’s been cleaned up. And it might just be me, but I think that the program itself is responding faster, more on par with Safari. The only downside I’ve found so far is that Scribefire no longer works, as it hasn’t yet been modified for this new version.
Hopefully Mozilla decides to release 3.0 to the masses soon, I honestly think that people are going to be pleased at the changes they’ve made. But as it’s a beta release, everything I just described to you could be completely undone by the time it’s released.
Click here to see Mozilla’s reaction to the beta files being uncovered on Digg. I’m just glad they were cool about it.