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First beta of Firefox 3.0 released

Mozilla has released the first beta of Firefox 3.0, moving the browser one step closer to a general release. Though a tad delayed than originally expected, Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 comes packed with innovative features and enhanced security tools, which probably makes it worth the wait.

Mozilla has released the first beta of Firefox 3.0, moving the browser one step closer to a general release. Though a tad delayed than originally expected, Firefox 3.0 Beta 1 comes packed with innovative features and enhanced security tools, which probably makes it worth the wait.

The developers warn that this release is for testing purpose only. "We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 1 milestone release," Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's interface designer.

According to PC World:

One of the big changes with Firefox 3.0 is an overhaul of the way the browser bookmarks and keeps track of browsing history. With this new feature, called Places, browsing history will now be stored in a database, meaning that it will be much easier for Firefox users to search for sites they've visited.

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Also:

And Firefox's download manager is now better integrated with antivirus software, making it easier to spot malicious files before they are placed on the desktop. The browser will no longer allow add-ons to be downloaded from insecure sites

If you are interested in more information, you can check out the official release notes for Firefox 3.0 Beta 1.

For folks who just prefer the final release, you might be interested to know that a second beta of Firefox is expected before the end of 2007 to be followed by a final Beta 3 update in early 2008. The final version will be released after that in early 2008.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

14 comments
Wahid Ahmad
Wahid Ahmad

i donot want that iam happay with the Internet Explorer 7

DBA-MI
DBA-MI

The purpose of this thread was to assist those that use the Firefox browser. It never suggested that anyone change web browsers.

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

on a FF beta thread...

Wahid Ahmad
Wahid Ahmad

Dear Sir, Iam So sorry if i heart youre feeling. Thanks Wahid Ahmad

w2ktechman
w2ktechman

you didnt hurt my feelings moron. But, you seem stupid posting that you are keeping IE7 in a thread about FF beta!. Just trying to help you out in the future, but it appears that it probably cannot be done anyway!

cgbolton1
cgbolton1

Every time I try to make the switch to Firefox I find that there are at least a few critical sites or web based applications that I am unable to use because they are only compatible with IE and in most cases IE6. Outlook Web Access is also something that doesn't seem to work correctly in Firefox. How are some of these types of IE centric issues being addressed within Firefox?

pmcardoza1976
pmcardoza1976

Yes, there are a few sites that don't like firefox, but as far as OWA...it works great for me. Just thought I would give you my two cents.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I use OWA from FF 2 several times a month.

Absolutely
Absolutely

No problems using OWA with Firefox, or her cousin Iceweasel, more like daily. Copying & moving messages to nested folders *looked* like it wouldn't work, but it turns out that clicking on the folder name instead of checking its radio button brings up all folders below it. Nothing I use OWA to do is any challenge for Mozilla so far.

markinct
markinct

...Should be addressed by the web developer. IMHO, the only time making something IE-centric (or Safari, or FireFox, for that matter) is if it is being developed for a corporate intranet and the developer knows he or she only has to support the "standard desktop", whatever that may be. At home I use FireFox as my standard, and fireup Internet Exploder as needed. It's just the opposite at work... {sigh}.

tarun.varshney
tarun.varshney

Quote - "For folks who just prefer the final release, a second beta of Firefox is expected before the end of 2008 to be followed by a final beta 3 update in early 2008. The final version will be released after that in early 2008." make it end of 2007.. not end of 2008 !

paulmah
paulmah

Corrected it. Thanks! :) Regards, Paul Mah.