The Mozilla Foundation is set to release the latest version (1.5) of the Firefox browser soon (quite possibly today!). If you can’t wait, you can download and try out Release Candidate 3. Some of the new features that you can look forward to in FF 1.5 will include auomated updates, tab reordering (cool – I have an extension to do that now), pop-up blocking improvements, better support for Mac OS X, lots of security enhancements, and even better support for Web Standards. The Mozilla Foundation is set to push the latest release even more so than they did with Firefox 1.0, by producing a more “consumer-oriented” website that is geared more to the average user, and a community marketing site where folks can create and upload their own videos describing their use of Firefox. Additionally, Mozilla is promising more frequent releases: Firefox 2.0 in the middle of 2006 and Firefox 3 in the first quarter of 2007.
In case you’re wondering why we’re talking about Firefox, a software product, on a gadget site, just think: tons of features, skins, lots of widgets (extensions) that you can add/modify/delete, and pretty much everything is open source, so you can tinker away to your heart’s content.