PR: Mozilla Reloads Firefox
Jun 15, 2004, 12:30 (15 Talkback[s])
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The Mozilla Foundation today announced the immediate
availability of a new preview release of its next generation web
browser, Mozilla Firefox 0.9. Faster, more secure, easier to use
and sporting a new look, this latest Firefox release sets a new
standard for web browser innovation.
Firefox, the Mozilla Foundation's first product squarely aimed
at end users, has been met with glowing praise from reviewers, web
authors, the blogging community and the more than three million
users who have left behind web nuisances such as pop-up ads,
security holes and spyware by installing Firefox. "This new release
brings Firefox closer to its much-anticipated 1.0 release, which
will mark a milestone in the history of the Mozilla Foundation,"
observed Mitchell Baker, President of the Mozilla Foundation.
A number of key improvements in this release make this the best
time yet for users to reload their browser experience and migrate
to Firefox. "Months of development and hundreds of open source
developers contributed towards this release, working within the
Mozilla Foundation's proven development model," commented Ben
Goodger, Firefox' Lead Engineer.
New features in Firefox 0.9 include:
- Easy migration: Switching to Firefox has never been easier now
that Firefox imports data like Favorites, history, settings,
cookies and passwords from Internet Explorer. Firefox can also
import settings from Mozilla 1.x, Netscape and Opera.
- Smaller Download: Continuing efforts to make this the most
efficient browser, the Windows version of Firefox is now only a 4.7
MB download, making downloading Firefox a breeze for dial-up and
broadband users alike.
- New Default Theme: A new default theme provides a bright new
look for Windows and Linux users.
- SmartUpdate: A new SmartUpdate feature notifies users of new
versions of Firefox to ensure that the browser is always up to
- Help: A new online help system makes this one powerful,
- Extension/Theme Manager: New Extension and Theme Managers
provide a convenient and secure way to manage and update the
hundreds of add-ons that set Firefox apart from other
Mozilla Firefox also includes numerous bug fixes and incremental
improvements, including faster page load speed.
"Later this week, the Foundation will also release a new version
of its Internet suite, Mozilla 1.7 (including a web browser, mail
client, Internet Relay Chat client and web page editor), and a new
preview release of Thunderbird, its standalone email
Firefox 0.9 is available as a free download from
www.mozilla.org. Users can also purchase an affordable CD edition
from the Mozilla project's web site. Mozilla applications run on a
wide range of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac
OS X and Linux, and are translated into dozens of languages. All
source code and documentation is freely available under the open
source Mozilla Public License.