The first major update to the Firefox is slated to release tomorrow, as version 2.0 reaches final state. In actuality, the final release of Firefox 2.0 will be no different from the RC3 version released a week ago.
The version released a week ago came with the statement from Mozilla VP Mike Schroepfer that "If there are no showstoppers, RC3 will be [the final version]." And apparently, there were no showstoppers, so Firefox 2.0 is officially complete.
With Microsoft's timely release of Internet Explorer 7, the comparisons between the two browsers are inevitable. Laptop Magazine gives a slight nod to IE7, though many users may choose to hold off after a Secunia security report of an IE7 vulnerability that may allow a website to access documents served from another web site and with it all the data the user entered.
The Washington Post reported on Microsoft's response to the security flaw, which doesn't solve anything other than shifting blame to Outlook Express. Still, the author recommended IE7 on the basis of all the security improvements it brings to Windows XP as a whole.
While Internet Explorer 7 will easily be embraced by all users and corporations familiar with version 6, Firefox is rapidly gaining ground in the business world. According to a survey conducted by JupiterResearch, 44 percent of businesses with 250 employees or more allow their workers to use Firefox, which is a considerable increase over the 26 percent from last year.
"That's a huge jump," said JupiterResearch's Joe Wilcox. "It's an enormous embrace of Firefox in a very short period of time."
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