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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Planned features for Firefox 3

In my long overdue Firefox 2 review, I complained that Mozilla didn't really add any major new features to the browser in that release. Today, Mozilla released a list of what we can expect from Firefox 3:
  • Improved interaction with Add-ons: clearer, more coherent language; less steps to install; more visible way to configure add-ons, probably to be moved back to the general Options window, which I hope deeply; more noticeable alerts when updates are available; a permanent restart Firefox button.

  • Support for remote bookmarks, bookmarks and history annotation.

  • Files could be handled by web services. If I am reading this correctly, this could mean you would be able to click on an attached document and open it with something like Writely or Google Documents. And perhaps, as I asked Santa, the ability to redirect mailto: links to web email services.

  • A much needed print support to prevent cut paragraphs and true WYSIWYG.

  • The much requested MSI installer which will be a much welcomed improvement for IT administrators as it will ease deployment and updating of Firefox across a company.

  • In the security front: support for Microsoft CardSpace and OpenID (check tomorrow’s article for more coverage on this). Smarter credentials handling.

  • Airbag, the Google backed open source crash reporting tool will replace currently licensed TalkBack.
  • They'd also like to add private Web browsing, PDF saving of Web pages, and more. It's expected late this year.
    [ Posted at 11:32 AM | Permalink ]


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