New Firefox 3 browser set for release on June 17


Written on Sunday, June 08, 2008 by Gemini

A new version of the open-source Mozilla Firefox Web browser is scheduled for release on Tuesday, June 17, with improvements in security, speed and design. Many of the enhancements in Firefox 3 involve bookmarks. The new version lets Web surfers add keywords, or tags, to sort bookmarks by topic. A new “Places” feature lets users quickly access sites they recently bookmarked or tagged, and pages they visit frequently.

There’s also a new star button for easily adding sites to your bookmark list – similar to what’s already available on Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 browser. Other new features include the ability to resume downloads midway if the connection is interrupted and an updated password manager.

In a nod to the growing use of Web-based email, the browser can be set to launch Yahoo’s service when clicking a “mailto” link in a Web page. Previously such links could only open a standalone, desktop email program. Firefox will also block rather than simply warn about sites known to engage in “phishing” scams that trick users into revealing passwords and other sensitive information.

Microsoft is currently testing Internet Explorer 8, while Opera Software ASA recently released Opera 9.5.

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