Mozilla has released the first beta version of an overhauled Firefox

Mozilla has released the first beta version of an overhauled Firefox, the widely used open-source Web browser.

Firefox 3 beta 1 includes a number of significant features that Mozilla said should improve security, ease of use, rendering of Web pages, and location of previously visited Web pages. And for the new era of rich Internet applications, the browser can run Web-based applications even when the computer is disconnected from a network.

The software is available for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux at Mozilla's download site in 20 different languages. 

 Mozilla provides Firefox 3 Beta 1 for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X in a variety of languages. You can get the latest version of Firefox 3 Beta 1 here

New features:
• Security. New features include the ability to integrate antivirus software with downloads; one-click Web site identity verification; automatic testing to make sure plug-ins aren't older versions found to be insecure and automatic disabling if they are; and support for Windows Vista parental controls.

• Ease of use. Touted improvements include downloading that can be resumed after the browser has been restarted or network connection reset; users can zoom in and out of Web pages in their entirety, including layout, text, and graphics; plug-ins can be managed centrally with the Add-On Manager; and mailto links can now launch Web-based e-mail applications such as Gmail, not just local applications on the PC such as Outlook.

• Personalization. Web pages can be bookmarked with one click and tagged with a double-click (though the interface looked rough to me); the aforementioned feature provides a list of possible matching Web pages based on what you type in the location bar; and a new Smart Places folder provides access to pages that are frequently visited or that have been recently bookmarked and tagged. 



» Review Mozilla Firefox 2
Mozilla released a new version of its Firefox web browser that has gained popularity as a free alternative to Microsoft's ubiquitous Internet Explorer software. The Firefox 2 browser is a major update developed by an an international community of contributors and delivers the best possible online experience for people today.Firefox 1.0 was launched in November of 2004 and gained popularity with companies and young computer users and according to Jupiter Research, 44 percent of US companies with more than 250 workers allow their employees to use Firefox on the job as compared to 26 percent a year ago. In the two years since its release, the Firefox browser has won millions of devotees worldwide.

Localized versions of the browser Firefox 2 is available in 35 languages and tailored to work with Windows, Macintosh or Linux computer operating systems.