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Another Firefox 2.0 beta arrives

Mozilla running behind schedule

Mozilla has released another test version of Firefox 2.0, which will be the next major version of its popular open-source browser.

Firefox 2.0 Beta 2.0, released yesterday, features an improved user interface and a limited version of the phishing protection feature that Mozilla is developing for the browser. More information on the release can be found here.

Beta 2.0 also comes with improved search capabilities, a spellchecker for web forms and jazzed-up tabbed browsing capabilities.

This second beta release will probably be the last beta version of Firefox 2.0. Developers are now planning to ship a nearly final 'release candidate' edition of the browser on 19 September, with the finished product going out the door by the end of October.

Mozilla had been hoping to have Firefox 2.0 finished by September, but that date was pushed back recently to give developers more time to squash the growing list of bugs in the beta code.

Both Mozilla and Microsoft are rushing to finish major updates to their browser software. Late last week Microsoft posted the first release-candidate version of Internet Explorer 7.0, and it is expecting to ship the final version of the next-generation browser by the end of the year. The release candidate can be found here.

Research company OneStat estimates that about 13 percent of web surfers now use Firefox. The Netherlands-based company pegs IE users at 83 percent.


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