October 18, 2006

Firefox 2 RC 3 Gets Downloadable

Mozilla has announced that its Firefox 2 Release Candidate 3 (RC 3) is now available for download to the public.

Firefox 2 RC 3 is the latest preview release of the next version of Firefox, and features several updates and bug fixes that are mainly the result of widespread user feedback.

Firefox 2 RC 3 is available for download to those interested in trying their hands on the new version, including Web application developers, and the testing community.

The company however warns users to expect the most, but not all of the extensions, plugins, and themes from previous versions of Firefox.

The list of new inclusions in RC 3 include: a new theme that updates Firefox's familiar interface; in-built phishing protection; enhanced search engine management with search suggestions for Google, Yahoo!, and Answers.com; improved tab browsing; and the ability to resume work from wherever the user last left after a system crash or browser restart.

RC 3 also incorporates better support for previewing and subscribing to Web feeds; inline spell checking in Web forms; ability to create bookmarks with "Live Titles" for Web sites offering microsummaries; JavaScript 1.7; VG text; extended search plugin format; and client-side session and persistent storage.

Besides, RC 3 supports the new Windows installer based on the Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, and the new Add-on manager in it simplifies management of extensions and themes.

According to Mozilla, those using Firefox 2 RC 1 or RC 2 will automatically be updated to RC 3 through the Software Update feature. Whereas it is available for download on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux in more than 35 languages.

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