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Firefox 2 Alpha 2

Firefox 2 Alpha 2

FireFox is now over 10% market share, and FireFox 2 is expected to take that further.

The new FireFox alpha is out, the second release along the path to full release.

Called 'Bon Echo', the alpha is 5.3MB on Windows (although a bizarre 17MB on the Mac). The list of changes in this alpha include:
  • Links default to opening in new tabs, not new windows
  • Close buttons now appear on every tab, and the close behaviour is slightly different
  • Inline spell checking in text boxes
  • Automatic restoration of your browsing session if there is a crash
  • Search suggestions now appear in the search box auto-complete for Google and Yahoo!
  • New search plugin manager for removing and re-ordering search engines
  • Improved support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds
  • New microsummaries feature for bookmarks
  • New Add-Ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes
  • Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions
  • New search service that supports Sherlock and OpenSearch engines
  • Support for SVG text using svg:textPath
Mozilla says that the release is primarily for developers, but there's nothing to stop average Joes like us going and grabbing the latest release to have a fiddle with.

Surely the major thing is that spell checking is built in and works - great for anyone who spends a large amount of time on forums!

Why not go and have a play and let us know what you think over in the forums - maybe with your new spell checker?