Firefox 3.5 released, more than 1.1M downloads already

Mozilla claims one million copies of Firefox 3.5 have been downloaded during its first day of release.

Mozilla claims one million copies of Firefox 3.5 have been downloaded during its first day of release.

During the browser team's weekly meeting today that began at 2:00 pm EST, developers reported the crossing of the one million download milestone. By the end of the meeting, the number of donwloads reached 1.1 million, according to developers on the call.

Firefox 3.5 was officially made available Tuesday, meeting the planned milestone that was announced last week. It is a major release for the openundefined source browser team. Developers initially planned a minor 3.6 update late last year but opted to do a more significant upgrade following the release of Google's open source Chrome browser after Firefox 3.0 hit the streets in June of 2008.

During the meeting, leaders acknowledged that there are a few bugs still being worked on that will be resolved in a soon-to-be-released Firefox 3.5.1 update.

Here's an except from Mozilla's official announcement today:

Firefox 3.5 is the best performing browser Mozilla has ever released and delivers radically improved JavaScript performance, a new Private Browsing mode, native support for open video and audio, and Location Aware Browsing. The newest version of Firefox is more than two times faster than Firefox 3 and ten times faster than Firefox 2 on complex websites. With extensive under the hood work to support new technologies, Firefox 3.5 is the most powerful and complete modern browser and helps upgrade the Web experience.

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