Upgrade Your Browser!

h2. …and set a World Record

It’s an exciting time for the web world, with some big developments coming up.

Download Day 2008

h3. Firefox 3

If you haven’t tried “Firefox”:http://getfirefox.com, the web browser better than “that other one”:http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/default.mspx, now is the time.

“Firefox”:http://www.spreadfirefox.com/ is a web browser that is faster, more secure, and customizable. And it’s free. The current version is “”:http://mozilla.com/firefox for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

Even better is “Firefox 3”:http://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox3, which will be released on June 17, 2008.

The cool kids at Mozilla are trying to set a new Guinness World Record, for most software downloads in 24 hours. “Download Day”:http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/ for “Firefox 3”:http://getfirefox.com is “Tuesday, June 17, 2008”:http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/.

So, help us set a new Guinness World Record, and “Enjoy a Better Web.”

h3. Opera 9.5

Opera 9.5 logo

In the meantime, “Opera 9.5”:http://www.openoffice.org/products/desktop/ has been released. “Opera”:http://www.opera.com/ is a pretty good browser too, though web developers will probably wait for “Dragonfly”:http://www.opera.com/products/dragonfly/.

OpenOffice 3

OpenOffice logo

While you’re at it, you might want to upgrade your Office suite, as well. “OpenOffice”:download.openoffice.org/3.0beta/ is a free open-source office software suitex, for documents, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases. Latest release is version 2.4.1, and “OpenOffice 3”:download.openoffice.org/3.0beta/ is in beta.

In fact, my shiny almost-new Vista laptop has never run Microsoft Office. A statement I never expected to write, but with “OpenOffice”:http://www.openoffice.org/, I don’t even miss it.