Guinness World Records confirmed the record of “largest number of software downloads in 24 hours” (From 18:16 UTC on 17-June-2008 to 18:16 UTC on 18-June-2008) by Mozilla - a total of 8,002,530 Firefox 3 "complete" downloads (mine is one of those). The previous record was by its earlier version, Firefox 2 which counts to 1.6 million downloads.

Firefox, a freeware is an internet client software or simply web browser in over 45 world languages which has 19.03% of the recorded usage share of web browsers, making it the second-most popular browser after Internet Explorer. Tabbed browsing, live bookmarking and download manager are some of the attractive features which Firefox introduced.

Mozilla says that Firefox 3 is "faster, safer and smarter than ever before" and has 15,000 improvements (probably bug-fixes) - Password Manager, One-Click Bookmarking, Smart Location Bar, Instant Web Site ID, Full Zoom, Platform-Native Feel being the notables. I myself experienced the difference in usability and loading speed of large web contents in which Firefox has an edge over its rivals such as IE, Opera and Safari.

Another important feature is its compatibility with cross platforms. I am using Firefox 3 with Windows and Fedora Core Linux for alpha and beta testing of my blog-site, respectively (and acceptance testing alone with IE) as Google analytics says 55.90% of my visitors uses Firefox.

Thanks and Hats off to Firefox team.


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