Mozilla 1.7 Beta Released

Thursday March 18th, 2004

The Mozilla Foundation today released Mozilla 1.7 Beta, the latest test version of the Mozilla Application Suite. 1.7b features hundreds of improvements, including a new preference to stop sites blocking the standard page context menu and a Password Manager option to show the actual saved passwords. The cookie handling user interface has also been redesigned and the 'Set As Wallpaper' feature now has a confirmation dialogue, preventing accidental wallpaper changes. Standards compliance continues to improve, with Mozilla now understanding the CSS3 opacity property and a long-standing bug with CSS backgrounds in tables resolved. In addition, using XMLHttpRequest and the multipart/x-mixed-replace MIME type, servers can now push XML documents to Mozilla.

Mail & Newsgroups sports several new features in 1.7b, including support for the IMAP IDLE command, which allows the mail server to inform Mozilla of changes such as new messages, and support for Secure Password Authentication using SSPI NTLM for POP3 and SMTP. Performance when downloading, viewing and saving messages has also been improved and the Address Book Palm synchronisation feature has been improved.

The installer releases of Mozilla 1.7 Beta now include Quality Feedback Agent again, allowing users to report crashes, and the Linux GTK2 builds have improved support for OS themes. Compared to Mozilla 1.6, 1.7b is 7% faster to start up, 8% faster to open new windows and 9% faster to load pages. And it does all this while being 5% smaller.

For more details about 1.7b, see the Mozilla 1.7 Beta Release Notes. Download a build from the Mozilla Releases page or the mozilla1.7b directory on

#1 "Send this news to a colleague" feature

by Jeex

Friday March 19th, 2004 12:09 AM

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It would be great to have a "send this news to a colleague/friend" feature for new press releases such as this. Some of the new features in this release are truly excellent, such as IMAP IDLE support, and I'm sure us Mozilla users (and fans) would love to spread the word... Something as simple as an auto-generated e-mail with "Mozilla 1.7b released - take a look at some of the new features, such as..." would be handy.

Also, does anyone have any stats on the page loading time differences between Mozilla 1.7b and M$ IE 6? If the differences are great, then those kind of simple, hard facts can be useful when convincing an IT manager/director to suggest a corporate browser policy change (30% faster, results in 30% less time wasted - or 1 hour per day, etc... per employee).

Keep up the impressive work guys! :-)

-- James