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?