There is a lot in Firefox 2 RC 1 that you can play around with and give us
- Visual Refresh: Firefox 2's theme and user interface have been updated to
improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing
experience. For instance, toolbar buttons now glow when you hover over them.
We will continue to improve the look and feel throughout the release
- Built-in phishing protection: Phishing Protection warns users when they
encounter suspected Web forgeries, and offers to return the user to their
home page. Phishing Protection is turned on by default, and works by
checking sites against either a local or online list of known phishing
sites. This list is automatically downloaded and regularly updated when the
Phishing Protection feature is enabled.
- Enhanced search capabilities: Search term suggestions will now appear as
users type in the integrated search box when using the Google, Yahoo! or
Answers.com search engines. A new search engine manager makes it easier to
add, remove and re-order search engines, and users will be alerted when
Firefox encounters a website that offers new search engines that the user
may wish to install.
- Improved tabbed browsing: By default, Firefox will open links in new tabs
instead of new windows, and each tab will now have a close tab button. Power
users who open more tabs than can fit in a single window will see arrows on
the left and right side of the tab strip that let them scroll back and forth
between their tabs. The History menu will keep a list of recently closed
tabs, and a shortcut lets users quickly re-open an accidentally closed tab.
- Resuming your browsing session: The Session Restore feature restores
windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last
user session. It will be activated automatically when installing an
application update or extension, and users will be asked if they want to
resume their previous session after a system crash.
- Previewing and subscribing to Web feeds: Users can decide how to handle
Web feeds (like this one), either subscribing to them via a Web service or
in a standalone RSS reader, or adding them as Live Bookmarks. My Yahoo!,
Bloglines and Google Reader come pre-loaded as Web service options, but
users can add any Web service that handles RSS feeds.
- Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to
quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms (like this one)
without having to use a separate application.
- Live Titles: When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated
summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a
bookmark with a "Live Title". Compact enough to fit in the space
available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about
pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest
information. There are several websites that can be bookmarked with Live
Titles, and even more add-ons to generate Live Titles for other popular
- Improved Add-ons manager: The new Add-ons manager improves the user
interface for managing extensions and themes, combining them both in a
new features such as generators, iterators, array comprehensions, let
expressions, and destructuring assignments. It also includes all the
- Extended search plugin format: The Firefox search engine format now
supports search engine plugins written in Sherlock and OpenSearch formats
and allows search engines to provide search term suggestions.
- Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to
provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of
- Client-side session and persistent storage: New support for storing
structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online
transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of
data, such as documents and mailboxes. This is based on the WHATWG
specification for client-side session and persistent storage.
- SVG text: Support for the svg:textpath specification enables SVG text to
follow a curve or shape.
- New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the
new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.
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2.0 release candidate 1
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