Firefox 3.0b2 Released

Well, it is official, Firefox 3 is not going to released in 2007. However, late today Mozilla did give us an early Christmas present with the release of Firefox 3 Beta 2. Should you choose to download and test, here are some new features and changes in this milestone that require feedback:

  • Improved security features such as: protection from cross-site JSON data leaks, tighter restrictions on site-specific content using effective TLD service, better presentation of website identity and security, malware protection, stricter SSL error pages, anti-virus integration in the download manager, version checking for insecure plugins.
  • Improved ease of use through: better password management, easier add-on installation, new download manager with resumable downloading, full page zoom, animated tab strip, and better integration with Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Linux.
  • Richer personalization through: one-click bookmarking, smart bookmark folders, location bar that matches against your history and bookmarks for URLs and page titles, ability to register web applications as protocol handlers, and better customization of download actions for file types.
  • Improved platform features such as: new graphics and font rendering architecture, JavaScript 1.8, major changes to the HTML rendering engine to provide better CSS, float-, and table layout support, native web page form controls, colour profile management, and offline application support.
  • Performance improvements such as: better data reliability for user profiles, architectural improvements to speed up page rendering, over 330 memory leak fixes, a new XPCOM cycle collector to reduce entire classes of leaks, and reductions in the memory footprint.

Download Firefox 3.0 Beta 2

News Source: Mozilla Developers News

2 Comments on Firefox 3.0b2 Released

  1. Tried the last beta and my computer crashed, took days to get it sorted. However this release is impressive, fast and stable. Loads of stuff to play with, especially like the “Tell me more about this site” tab. I have always been an Opera user but the builds of late from version 8.54 on have been only average, and their beta is not up to the job. However now I’m a Firefox fan and it’s my new default browser. Do I get a badge or something ?

  2. This is awesome. I just recently switched from IE7. I really didn’t care about which browser I was using but Firefox changed that. This release is awesome. Can’t wait until the final release is available.

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