Mozilla unveils Firefox 3 Beta 3

— 2:02 PM on February 13, 2008

Mozilla is inching near the release of the next major iteration of its popular Firefox web browser. As expected, the organization has unveiled the third beta release of Firefox 3. The new release isn't quite complete and bug-free, and it's aimed largely at developers and enthusiasts, but it nonetheless gives a good idea of what's in store for the final Firefox 3.0 release.

Firefox 3 Beta 3 introduces new user interfaces tailored to Windows Vista, Windows XP, Linux, and Mac OS X. The browser features a different theme for each operating system, attempting to mirror Internet Explorer 7 on Windows and Safari on OS X. There's also a new download manager, improved plug-in and add-on management, one-click site information, better malware protection, fancier address bar auto-complete, and the promise of improved performance as well as lower memory utilization. The folks at Ars Technica have a quick walkthrough of the Beta 3 release here with some screenshots to show how the browser looks in different OSes.

Those interested in taking Beta 3 for a spin can download it from this page for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux in more than 30 languages. This being beta software, we suggest that users exercise caution. Firefox 2 users should probably back up their profile directory before installing Firefox 3 Beta 3.

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