Chicago (IL) - Following on the heels of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7, Mozilla has released version 2.0 of its web browser. The software was released unofficially on Monday, a few days short of the browser's second birthday and a download count that is closing in on 250 million.
Firefox 2.0 brings a range of improvements over version 1.5, which are a sign that browser has grown up into a mature product that can look beyond its current 10% or so market share. The development team has kept the general appeal of the interface, but has fine-tuned many features that are visible to the user. For example, tabs are easier to manage: By default, Firefox now opens links in new tabs instead of new windows, and each tab carries a 'close tab' button. There is also a history menu that keeps a list of recently closed tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006