On Tuesday, Mozilla will release Firefox 3 with improvements in functionality, speed, security, and design that will make the second most popular browser easier and safer to use. The most significant improvements in Firefox 3 is the way in which users will be able to access their bookmarked sites and navigate through Web pages.
Bookmarked sites will be easier to access, and the addition of keywords to these designated Web sites will let users sort them by category, making it easier to find, and consequently, access.
A “places” feature will automatically bookmark frequented but un-bookmarked pages or recently bookmarked pages.
Firefox 3 will also change the way Web browsers access email. By clicking a “mail to” link, users can open Yahoo’s email service rather than traditional desktop email services. Yahoo is the only email service to open its development to Firefox 3, so until Microsoft’ Hotmail and Google’s Gmail open their development, it will be exclusively for Yahoo.
It will also completely block sites known to engage in phishing scams and other malicious actions like spreading viruses or spyware instead of simply warning the user.
The information about such sites comes from research from Google and Stopbadware.org—a research project from Harvard and Oxford scholars. Those who need to access such Web sites, such as security developers, can do so by simply turning off the feature.
Firefox 3 will also let users resume downloads after they have been interrupted through a disconnection, saving many from the frustration of having to entirely start over.
The back button at the top of the browser will be bigger than the forward button, a good idea considering the tendency for users to use it more than the other.
Mozilla’s Firefox is the number two Web browser behind Internet Explorer, and the latest version has been in development for three years.
By Danny Scuderi
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