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A Preview of Firefox 2

Firefox 2 is coming closer and looking better every day. The “spell-as-you-type functionality for text fields” looks pretty interesting. It might keep me from typing words into the Google search box every time I’m not sure how to spell something. The “ability to manage the search plugins” is my other favorite new feature to look forward to. Right now there isn’t a pretty interface over this, and I really think there should be one.

Here are a few more related links about the future of Firefox:

Inside Firefox – The Inside Track on Firefox Development
CyberNet – What We Can Expect With Firefox 2

Firefox Flicks

These movies might not help you use Firefox any better, but some of them are pretty fun to watch. The project is to “create a 30-second ad, in any style (live action or animated,) that brings Firefox to life for the millions of Web users who have yet to discover Firefox and the better Web experience it delivers.”

My suggestion for you? Go watch “Wheee!”, it is my favorite so far.

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Firefox is at 10% Market Share

According to this Market Share Web site, Firefox is now enjoying 10% of the browser market. That puts Internet Explorer at 85% and everybody else in that other 5%. Firefox is gaining steam and I don’t know what could happen to make them fall off the track. Want to read some more debate on the topic? Check out the digg.com comments to this news.

Submit Your Firefox Tips, Tricks and Links

Find something interesting on or about Firefox today? I’m always looking for more submissions. If you fit into that category, send them in to me! You can send me the basic information, or do a full write up like you see here on the Web site. I’ll pick the best, and get them posted as soon as possible. Also, if you do a longer entry (one or two full paragraphs) be sure to leave your name and a link, so I can give you the proper credit.

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Microsoft Helping Firefox?

So thanks to Microsoft people can download all that IM, media playing, and alternative browsers such as Firefox? John Carroll talking about his frustrations with Antitrust lead Asa Dotzler to fight back with this:

John, your company broke the law. Microsoft was managed by lawbreakers and thugs who strong-armed OEMs that were already shipping a superior browser to millions and millions of users. Microsoft cheated. There is no honor in that, and even less in your sad attempt at defending it.

[Read the Rest of Asa's Thoughts on John Carroll's Article!]

Firefox 2 Screenshots – New Features

Here are some of the new features coming to Firefox 2 Alpha 1. There are about six features previewed here, so give it a look. One feature I am really happy to see is the “close tab” button on each tab you have open.

Enhanced tabs
At first blush, the changes are not dramatic. But spend a little time with the browser, and you’ll notice subtle enhancements, such as adding little Xs to close specific tabbed browsing pages.

History menu
A History drop-down menu has been added to the toolbar alongside File, Edit, and View.

Go Places
Places is a new feature that resembles the Internet Explorer sidebar, allowing you to control Bookmarks, RSS subscriptions, and History.

Search history
With the new MozStorage system, you can now execute a search query of your browser history to find pages you may have visited 100 Web pages ago.

Improved RSS
In Firefox 2, as you click a page’s RSS icon, the feeds are added to a toolbar, and drop-down menus display the latest choices and the option to open all current feeds in individual tabs.

There you have it.  What do you think of Firefox 2 so far?

Firefox 2 Roadmap

Now digging through this information to find out what is coming to our favorite browser might now be the most fun thing you can do with your Friday morning. The Mozilla team has updated the Firefox 2 Roadmap with a few intresting notes about what you can expect to see in the future.

Go check it out, and let me know what you would like to see them tackle first.

Firefox Facts – Free eBook and Web Site!

Ok, so maybe raving about the Web site being free isn’t the big selling point. Firefox Facts is my latest big side project to make it’s debut. What is it? It is both a Web site and an eBook. The majority of the thanks goes to Bob and Chris at Lockergnome.com for creating an eBook out of my ramblings. So what does each side of the project offer?

Firefox Facts (the eBook) gives you over a hundred different Firefox tips and tricks to get you going with the world’s favorite alternative browser. All of them are neatly organized in a PDF file for you to read where you want and when you want. What is the best thing about it? It is totally free!

FirefoxFacts.com is going to become the home for the quick tips, reviews and Firefox news. I’m no stranger to Firefox articles, as I have been writing them for Lockergnome’s Web Developers for some time now. This will become one more outlet to help you get your Firefox fix. Make sure you subscribe to the RSS feed as well.

Leave a comment about the Web site and the eBook and let me know what you want to see.