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Firefox 3.6 Users to Get Nudged to Upgrade to 8 on Nov 17

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Firefox 8 has been officially released today as an upgrade from Firefox 7.0.1.

Next week, Mozilla will release another Firefox 8 version, which specifically targets users of Firefox 3.6. The "advertised update" is somewhat odd as Mozilla is pushing out Firefox 3.6.24 today and pitches the update next week as a plea to 3.6 users to make the move to version 8. Perhaps it would be a better idea to send the update to version 8 out simultaneously with version 3.6.24 to reduce the overall number of updates.

Mozilla stresses that 3.6 will still be supported, even if users aren't upgrading to version 8. There is no official end for 3.6 just yet. Mozilla says that users can update to the new version, if they are "inclined" to do so. Mozilla has made similar pitches with previous versions, but was not very successful. Firefox 3.6 users still account for about 5.8 percent market share, according to StatCounter, while Firefox 6 users are down to about 1.4 percent.

The update offer is scheduled to be sent out on November 17. Mozilla has not said when it will phase out Firefox 3.6. Current Firefox users will be getting a silent update (like Chrome) in Firefox with version 10 or 11, depending on Mozilla's ability to implement the feature.

You can download Firefox 8 here.

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    11796pcs , November 9, 2011 12:39 AM
    I consider myself a pretty hardcore tech user, but upgrading your browser every month just gets ridiculous.
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    eddieroolz , November 9, 2011 12:45 AM
    Version 3 was the last proper Firefox in my opinion. Everything since then has been a mess...
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    wiinippongamer , November 9, 2011 1:03 AM
    Well it's a bigger version number, 8 which is much higher than the old and boring 3! So it's got to be alot better Right?. .... Right?
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    garrick , November 9, 2011 12:36 AM
    Version 7 has been really buggy for me which is strange as previous editions have been super stable.
  • 20 Hide
    11796pcs , November 9, 2011 12:39 AM
    I consider myself a pretty hardcore tech user, but upgrading your browser every month just gets ridiculous.
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    eddieroolz , November 9, 2011 12:45 AM
    Version 3 was the last proper Firefox in my opinion. Everything since then has been a mess...
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    wiinippongamer , November 9, 2011 1:03 AM
    Well it's a bigger version number, 8 which is much higher than the old and boring 3! So it's got to be alot better Right?. .... Right?
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    keyanf , November 9, 2011 1:18 AM
    I went back from 4 to 3 because 4 refused to install any add ons. Have they fixed that yet?
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    whysobluepandabear , November 9, 2011 1:19 AM
    Why stop at 8? Why not just name it "Firefox 5000"?
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    qu3becker , November 9, 2011 1:27 AM
    Firefox 360. Coming next year.
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    joepaiii , November 9, 2011 2:15 AM
    Probably all the Sony laptop users that hacked Firefox 3.6's title bar to say netscape so their web gestures would work with their stupid Alps mousepad!
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    xerroz , November 9, 2011 2:15 AM
    Don't know what the fuzz about Firefox being buggy and crashing a lot is. I got the most recent version and have not crashed once. Everythign works perfect. Perhaps get rid of those shitty addons? That's a start. Btw I have Noscript and adblock, nothing else
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    killabanks , November 9, 2011 2:27 AM
    firefox still rocks and at least it doesnt send my every move to google
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    alyoshka , November 9, 2011 2:53 AM
    Cool, although I don't know why they are upgrading it to 8 since my 7.0.1 has not run into any problems yet.
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    alyoshka , November 9, 2011 2:58 AM
    Updated it, and seems a little heavier on the Memory....
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    jprahman , November 9, 2011 3:16 AM
    FF8 seems to be running a little bit lighter for me, but not by much. Maybe 10-15% smaller working set.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 9, 2011 3:40 AM
    qu3beckerFirefox 360. Coming next year.

    Nope I bet they'd have to skip that number. M$ might sue em.
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2011 5:00 AM
    I'm fine with 3.5. So far it works and there's been no reason to update. Furthermore I HATE frequent and forced updating. It's been a problem with my PS3/PSP as well. Update when the need arises, not just because you need something to do.
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2011 5:36 AM
    how can i update to 8 when my company only able to support 3.6 for SAP Portal?
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    Anonymous , November 9, 2011 6:11 AM
    Mozilla, give me Vertical Tab browsing + coloring tabs + group&colapse tabs with new version and I will jump in no time.
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    jrharbort , November 9, 2011 6:55 AM
    I still personally use 3.6 since some of my add-ons are not supported in later versions. I use firefox throttle for limiting my upload rates (so I don't bog down the game server hosted on my network) as well as an IE8 skin (don't hate, I just enjoy the functionality and feel of the IE interface). Niether of these add-ons have updated for newer versions.

    But I guess it might finally be time to move on... *sigh* =/
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    claydavis , November 9, 2011 7:12 AM
    Am going to upgrade right now. Firefox 3.6 sucks. It will freezes frequently and closes after it.
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    cesar44 , November 9, 2011 10:06 AM
    My first impressions on Firefox 8 are quite positive. Download time was fast (6.8MB of code) and the browser start-up time is now very small. During the first activation you get a add-on migration screen asking if you still want the add-ons not still compatible with version 8. If you tick Yes in one of them, you are warned that Firefox will get them for you as soon as they become available. Nice feature!

    Just curious: will this article author finally get the correct market share numbers for Firefox or will he still be confused and all over the place?
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