FireFox 2.0 Beta 1 Key New Features

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Thursday, July 13, 2006

The key new features of Firefox 2.0 beta (with brief commentary) are:

  1. Integrated spell-checker - no more excuse for poor spelling in form data
  2. Bookmarked web site summary - small updated headlines that sites can create that display in the bookmark sidebar in Firefox
  3. Crashed session recovery - finally I can replace tab browser extension
  4. Re-open recently closed tabs - this one is a life-saver
  5. Anti-phishing warning popup - I hate popups but will let this one slide.
  6. Search suggestion - live dropdown of suggested terms while searching
  7. Tab close button on tabs - Personally I like ctrl-w better, a close button on every tab just makes it more crowded, not convenient
  8. RSS feed preview - provides information on an RSS feed when the user is subscribing to it

You can download and test it here.

July 14, 2006: 3:27 am

The Firefox developers are more concerned about cross-platform features and support since most OS X-integration and Mac-only features will be dealt with in Camino.

July 13, 2006: 10:07 am

The integrated spell checker sucks. It doesn’t use the one built into OS X. So sad that they can’t use the native widgets, or even enable the “dictionary term over mouse” feature of OS X.

July 13, 2006: 9:07 am

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