The folks over at Mozilla have been working hard and furious for the next upcoming release of Firefox 3.5. I have been using Firefox 3.5 from the beta’s through the RC releases which is now RC 3. The new Firefox works very well but there is one plug in I use that still fails to work. I use Google Gears which is a add on recommended by World Press that still is not compatible. But this is a small price to pay for trying the latest and greatest from Mozilla.

Last month I tried to make the switch to Google’s Chrome. As hard as I tried I just couldn’t get used to the fact that Chrome wouldn’t render some sites correctly, causing lock ups on my system. I need my browser to work correctly 100% of the time, so back to Firefox I went. For those who may expect the new Firefox to use less memory, you may still be in for disappointment. If I leave the browser open with about 6 tabs, and place my system which uses Vista into hibernation mode, after a few days Firefox will hit 200MB of RAM usage.

I also took the latest Safari out for a spin as well, and I must say Safari is fast, very fast. But again, I always return back to Firefox as my default browser. Firefox is like an old friend that I just feel comfortable with.

Over at Beta News that quote one Mozilla team member as stating:

“What’s important here is that somebody has to take a stand,” said Mozilla senior platform engineer Damon Sicore in an interview with Betanews Friday, in response to our question as to what Mozilla is doing to encourage Web developers to adopt development principles such as HTML5 embedded video tags, even though Firefox doesn’t have the most usage share. “Somebody has to put open video on the Web. It’s important that these formats are unencumbered. We feel that it’s something that’s in our mission that we have to do to keep them moving forward, in keeping the Web open.”

“Video tags have a way to do fallback, so many of these sites can use the video if its supported, or they can fallback to a plug-in such as Flash or Windows Media Player, to actually deliver some type of content to users on other browsers,” added Vladimir Vukicevic, infrastructure developer for the Firefox browser. “The nice thing is that, Firefox is sitting at about 30% market share — in some places in Europe, it’s significantly higher. So we actually can rely on users having a good chance of having Firefox, and as our market share trends go up, we think we’ll see a lot of pressure come for other browsers to support these [features] as well.”

With this in mind, and with Firefox standing at about 30% of market share, I believe that Firefox 3.5 will garner a higher market share during 2009 and beyond. Stand by for more browser wars heading our way. If you haven’t tried Firefox before, give version 3.5 a try.

Comments welcome.