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
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.
#7 Re: IE performance comparison
Friday March 19th, 2004 4:27 AM
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"Comparing page load times on different Mozilla versions is possible to automate (although it's not trivial) - comparing to IE is harder. However, tests of page rendering speeds have been done in the past, and IE has generally come out on top. Depends on the page and the machine and the connection and other stuff, but I don't think (even after these recent improvements), we're in a position to claim to be faster than IE."
As far as I know (and I may be mistaken here) we're already faster than IE in most cases. But there are still a lot of scenarios where we totally suck in comparison, DHTML performance being the most notable example.