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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 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.