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Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 Milestone Released

Friday September 1st, 2006

Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 has been released. This milestone for developers and testers includes a visual refresh of the theme and user interface. Other features new to Firefox 2 include phishing protection, search suggestions, session restore, support for JavaScript 1.7, Live Titles for bookmarks (using microsummaries) and a new Windows installer. For more information, refer to the Mozilla Firefox 2 Beta 2 Release Notes, and the release announcement at the Mozilla Developer News weblog, which includes download links.


#20 Great release

by krissilver

Sunday September 3rd, 2006 12:29 PM

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I'm disapointed with the reaction here on the release, it goes to show how we all (me very included) all to easily only comment when we dont like something, leaving good comments not being bothered to be noted. Firefox 2 b2 is is a big big move in the right direction all round, I'm very impressed and pleased with the decisions Mozilla have made on several area's, and have renewed faith that Mozilla are thinking about simplifying browsing for the user, and thinking fundamentally.

The theme is a very good improvement upon the existing theme, subtle yet a nice upgrade. It is perhaps very slightly to faint, and the Home, New tab, History, and a couple of other icons are fax to detailed and complex. Home button for one should return to original colours, and a lot more simple. It would be nice to see icons throughout the browser such as that CuteMenus2 provides, and per many programs, icons and text gives better recognition.

The Options re-work is very good indeed, and I'm glad restore is featured prominently so users are quickly shown just how useful it can be to seamlessly continue browsing sessions rather than starting from scratch. Its a brave move, but I think saving and loading sessions should soon become default as users gain little from starting from scratch all the time, and it can easily be turned off for the few whom for whatever reason didnt want it. Lets convey things correctly and simply to users, as per Firefox addons theres 4 main types of addons, they're extensions, themes, web plugins, and search engines. So, the addons manager should contain search engines and web plugins, it just should if its a true correct addons manager.

I'm also very glad tab overflow has both arrows and a list. The right arrow should be on the far right however. The Go button should also be like it was once drawn up with a enter like arrow, showing its the equivalent of enter. There's many other subtle improvements that I've long been trying to get included like the wording of pages in the tabs section and more, I'm very please. All thats left now is not forcing a cluttered bookmarks toolbar on all users, when google research shows approx 10% or less use bookmarks. So, Mozilla, keep Firefox simple and for the majority. Great release and move in right direction overall.