Although not as widely anticipated as some of the other products currently inching towards release, many web surfers are looking forward to version 2.0 of Firefox. The popular open-source browser has seen its release date pushed to late October, but those of you who are dying to get hold of the latest from Mozilla can download Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, which was made available earlier today.
Firefox 2.0 is an modest step in the browser’s development, as some of the more widely anticipated (and cooler) features having fallen by the wayside during the development cycle. Not making the cut for 2.0 were a new bookmark and history system that originally appeared in an alpha build, which were axed due to developer concerns that their inclusion would further delay the release of 2.0.
There are some new features to be excited about, though. Version 2 has a nice, integrated spell checker so you can proof your well-thought-out comments in the OpenForum. Also featured is a new antiphishing tool like that in Opera 9 and the upcoming Internet Explorer 7 that warns users when they are entering a potentially malicious website.
Firefox 2.0 also sports some modest improvements to its search engine management feature and tweaks to its tabbed interface.