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The bad news is that they have now moved the 3.1 beta release from September 9th to the 30th, but the good news is the 3.1beta-pre is available and it's lightning fast. I couldn't get the 3.1 alpha to behave when it first came out but this is completely well mannered creature:
If you use tab-mix-plus (and who doesn't, you should be?!) you'll need the newest development build:
Backup your profile and firefox folders first and give it a shot!
Hopefully the three week delay won't give Google too much of a head start.
[edited by: jatar_k at 2:42 pm (utc) on Sep. 4, 2008]
[edit reason] switched from exe and xpi to pages [/edit]
I'd guess the delay is to allow them to incorporate some of the quantum leap in design and approach that Chrome has offered; we all gain.
And we all have a choice ;)
Given Mozilla's contract with Google is through November 2011 and Chrome can't possibly become popular until it has an extensions API, I think they have some time to plan.
More likely that undermining Windows itself is the longer term aim. I already use Chrome to use gmail and docs as free standing apps; that will spread, I'm sure, so later releases may have much more to say ... Chrome and Google Gears are a winning combination :)
Anyone that takes Market share from MS is Googles "friend" and as a big brother type friend they can control just how much Market FF gets
I can say I wont even be testing the latest edition of FF because of adblock addons they push...
Any Browser that "assists" in allowing people to alter my content and reduce my earnings is on my sh&tlist.
I'll never use FF again ..
I suspect Google also has no long term interest in assisting FF.. They have served their purpose and I fully expect and willing to lay odds you will now see FF losing Market share along with MS
It's a classic case where abusing visitors has caused a fight back - and all of us publishers will suffer the result of the greedy few.
'Adblock' and the like is precisely what has helped FF to grow so fast, and it's out of the box now; you'll never beat it!
In fact it's faster that way.
As soon as Chrome gets an extension API, what do you think the first popular extension is going to be, hmm?
People who don't want to view your ads won't click on your ads, so why worry? Maybe if they like your site they will tell other users who WILL be ad clickers.
[edited by: amznVibe at 6:39 pm (utc) on Sep. 4, 2008]
No has ever suggested that "users are just going to stop and switch to something else. Just like that." History does not work that way.
But sooner or later, people drift away from a very obviously inferior product. Intelligent, savvy people rather quicker than the conservative consumer ;)
In most cases :)