Mozilla has released the final version of Firefox 3.6, its latest web browser.
The full version comes less than two weeks after Mozilla made Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) available.
The release candidate followed a run of betas that started in early November and featured nearly 100 bug fixes from the fifth beta that Mozilla issued December 17.
While the final version of Firefox 3.6 is not as big of an update as the more ambitious Firefox 3.5, it includes a number of under-the-hood improvements, and a handful of changes that you might discover as you use it. Here are some of the most notable improvements.
Firefox 3.6 can now detect whether any of your installed browser plugins (Flash, etc...) are out of date. This is important because cyber-criminals often use bugs in outdated versions of some browser plugins - particularly Flash and QuickTime - to attack your PC and potentially install malware that can be used to steal your personal information, or turn your PC into a spam bot.
In essence, Firefox 3.6 now automatically does what Mozilla's Plugin Check page did for earlier versions of Firefox.
You can now watch certain types of videos in full screen with Firefox 3.6. If the video is in the Oog Vorbis format, you can right-click the video and select an option to see it in full-screen.
To give this a try, check out this time-lapse video of a drive through Downtown Seattle.
To view it in full-screen, start playing it, right-click it and select Full Screen from the menu. Just like that, you're going down the streets of Seattle. Well, sort of.
The downside to this feature, of course, is that it only works with certain videos, and unless you pay close attention to video formats, you may be confused as to why this only works part of the time.
When we last tested browser page loading speed, we found that Firefox 3.5 was a good deal faster than earlier Firefox versions.