Boca Raton, Florida (WiredPRNews.com) — Mozilla software developers have a reason to boast and to celebrate. Why? In only 5 hours, the latest version of the Firefox web browser was downloaded as many times as its former version received during its first day online. Firefox 3 was downloaded by more than 1.6 million users on Tuesday evening to match the first-day downloads of Firefox 2.
During the initial hours, Firefox’s website distributed approximately 9,000 copies of the newest software per minute free of cost. Downloads continued on Wednesday as supporters of Firefox set a record for the most number of downloads of a software program in a 24-hour period. Since this is a new category of records, the Guinness Book of World Records has yet of certify the process of which may take a period of one week or even more than that.
Tuesday’s release was delayed because Firefox’s web servers became overloaded due to the large number of visitors who were checking for updates at the same time. An Internet performance monitoring company, AlertSite, said that the site remained unreachable or very slow for a couple of hours beginning at 12:45 pm but the performance improved in the latter part of the day.
Firefox 3 has newly developed enhancements which are helpful for users who want to organize their frequently-visited websites and obstruct access to the websites which are known for distributing viruses. Firefox 3 also comes with other improvements in the fields of speed and design. The users of Yahoo’s mail service may also use the software program to send emails by clicking the ‘mailto’ link which they can find by clicking a name or ‘contact us’ links on web pages.
Quickly becoming an Internet-surfers choice web browser, Mozilla’s Firefox continues to strive to be better with each passing version to make user-friendliness and security essential elements of the software.
Wired Technology Reporter