New Firefox Version Out Today
Mozilla is making a new version of its Firefox browser available for download today.
The people behind Firefox are planning a big marketing push for the latest version of the open source web browser. Firefox 1.5 is due to be available for download on 29 November, marking the end of a thriving year for the browser.
Many more websites were also tweaking their webpages to ensure they render properly. Mozilla will also put tools in the next release of the browser that let people report webpages that look strange when viewed via Firefox. At the same time Mozilla is planning regular updates to Firefox every six to nine months and to move quickly to close security loopholes.
The release of Firefox 1.5 marks a big overhaul of the browsing “engine” inside the program, Mr Beard told the BBC News website.
Software Journal reports that,
TechWorld’s Elizabeth Montalbano adds,
The browser will include an improved updating system, faster navigation using the “Back” and “Forward” tabs, and a redesigned Options/Preferences window that increases the number of category icons and moves them from the left side of the window to the top.
The update includes better pop-up blocking and a host of security improvements, plus the addition of Answers.com to Firefox’s list of search engines and a Clear Private Data function that allows users to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
I’ve actually been using the Beta version of 1.5 for quite some time and have not noticed much difference. It does seem that I encounter fewer sites that are incompatible with Firefox these days, although I don’t know whether that’s a function of improvements made by Mozilla or just better compliance with HTML standards by webmasters.