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Should You Upgrade To Firefox 3?

A new update for the Mozilla Firefox 2.0.0.16 browser has come out, Firefox 3, which promises several enhancements.

The question is whether you should take the plunge, especially since reviews like the one done by Cnet seem to give it a glowing review, mentioning spectacular increase in loading times. Firefox 3 sports a shiny Web 2.0 style user interface.

BUT if you’re a marketer and you use Firefox plugins in your daily work, you will want to hold off on the upgrade.

A number of my existing Firefox add-ons (ie plugins) were deemed to be incompatible with the new version of Firefox and I’ve lost the use of them (on my secondary machine).

Depending on the developer, it could be a few days or a few weeks before a compatible version is available.

If passing on the upgrade (for now) means that you will be able to do your work, it might be a better option for now.

8 comments on Should You Upgrade To Firefox 3?

  1. Jeremy Palmer
    August 28, 2008 at 11:53 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m running Windows Vista. I upgraded to FF 3 a week after it was released. FF 3 crashed early and often. After a couple of days I had to revert back to FF 2. I don’t plan on upgrading to FF 3 anytime soon. Maybe when I get my new Mac???

  2. Michael S. Copeland
    August 29, 2008 at 12:04 am (9 years ago)

    Andrew,
    I upgraded on one machine and same thing happened to me. Many of my plugins don’t work now. However, I just received an alert saying 2 of them have been updated and will now work!
    WoooHooo!

  3. Andrew Wee
    August 29, 2008 at 12:20 am (9 years ago)

    If Mozilla goes the Micro$oft route, I WILL cry.

    Having said that, the official announcement only went live a couple of days ago. You’re a bleeding edge, early adopter.

  4. Andrew Wee
    August 29, 2008 at 12:21 am (9 years ago)

    Mike,
    The last thing I want to do is leave my business hanging on the whims and fancies on when a developer might want to update his add-on. Or perhaps read the release notes on v3 and figure out if he wants to update his code…

  5. Justin Premick
    August 29, 2008 at 2:12 am (9 years ago)

    I upgraded almost immediately after FF3 came out and did run into this with a couple plugins I use.

    For the most part, the developers were pretty quick to crank out updated versions.

    My only complaint is that the newest (FF3) version of Firebug has been crashing FF3 every time – but now that I check, it looks like an update just came out this week. Hopefully that’ll fix it.

    For those of you using Mac who aren’t sure about making the jump to FF3 yet, there’s a tool featured on Lifehacker called Multifirefox that lets you run FF2 and FF3 side-by-side.

  6. Wayne Liew
    August 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm (9 years ago)

    Firefox 3 is somehow incompatible with Windows Vista in some ways. It will crash sometimes when I am trying to log into PayPal. I face the same problem for GoDaddy once as well. Anyway, the restore previous session function shut off my madness over the issue. :mrgreen:

  7. Maurice
    August 30, 2008 at 8:10 am (9 years ago)

    I lost my Roboform plug in functionality, I now use Flock instead of Firefox which I like. Hate to say it but Firefox shot itself in the foot by not letting older plug ins be more compatible.

    M

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