I downloaded the portable version of Firefox 3 the other day to test out the new browser. It seems to work fine and offers what seems to be, a speed boost over Firefox 2 when it comes to loading websites. I personally didn’t measure this, but it does feel faster.
The first thing I notices was how many of the add-ons I use that are incompatible. A few notable plug-ins as of this posting are:
- All-in-One Sidebar
- Auto Copy
- Exch (a currency coverter)
- Google Browser Sync (this is a biggie)
- Google Pagerank Status
- Google Send to Phone
- Google Web Accelerator
- Minimize to Tray
- Tab Effect
- Tab Preview
- Tabbrowser Preferences
Some of these plug-ins are totally unnecessary (tab effect), while others have become integral in my decision not to use Internet Explorer. The other thing I was surprised about is the Noia 2.0 Extreme Theme is currently not compatible with Firefox 3. I am sure some, if not all of these add-ons will be updated in the near future, but others such as the Google Browser Sync will not (according to Google). A suggestion is to use Mozilla Weave, but at the time of writing this the site is down and I can not test it to post my opinion.
My general opinion of Firefox 3 is that its a bit of an improvement over V2, but I people should give the developers a bit more time to get their plugins running before you make the switch permanently. Hopefully this happens in weeks rather than months.