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Mozilla's Firefox browser moves closer to its official 2.0 release

For you Firefox fiends out there, Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 RC has been released. Microsoft has been garnering a lot of attention recently with the public betas of its Internet Explorer 7.0 browser, so the Mozilla Foundation can now steal a bit of that limelight.

According to Steve' Bryant's blog over at eWeek, there are versions of the new browser available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X even though the official announcement isn’t expected from Mozilla until tomorrow. Features included with this latest release include anti-phishing technology, built-in spell checking, session restore, Undo Close Tab and scrolling tabs.

The people over at CyberNet have already posted a tweak guide for Firefox 2.0 Beta 1 RC, so be sure to check it out to see all of the latest perks and quirks with the new browser. And as always, be careful as this is still experimental software.

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RE: DIsappointing
By robvdl on 7/10/2006 6:35:54 PM , Rating: 2
...yet IE7 is still shockingly buggy with CSS as I have tested in IE7 Beta 3 and M$ have said they won't fix these issues before the final release anymore.

It kind of annoys me that so many reviews of FFox 2 vs IE7 disregard CSS when they review/compare the browsers, they all praise IE7's for it's new features such as tabs and so on... but what good is a browser that still can't render webpages properly and causes web developers like myself headaches?

IE7's rendering engine is still inferior to Mozilla's by far, CSS support is lacking and XHTML mime types are not even supported. Web standards are very.. very.. important, I don't see why so many reviewers (including THG) have missed this important feature from their reviews. It's because most reviewers look at it from a users perspective and don't look "under the hood" that much, like a mechanic could do when reviewing a car.

IE7 would be like a modern car, with an old reconditioned engine in it, dating back to 1985 or something. FFox 2 on the other hand has it's engine refined over the years through continues tweaking, fixing and optimisation, they have not suffered from the amount of years IE development has been dormant.

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