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Firefox now uses Google technology - What's next?

Firefox 2.0 alpha 3, which will eventually become the fully fledged Firefox 2.0, now comes with Google Anti-phishing tools built-in.

Personally, the only time I used Google's AP tools was with Gmail. Unfortunately the result was inconclusive as Phishing emails threatening me with the closure of non-existent accounts still came pouring in.

The important stuff is that Google technology is built-in the browser, paving the way for even more integration in the next few months between Firefox and Google.

Possible routes include matching Mozilla's mail client, Thunderbird, with Google's Gmail and Seamonkey's web editing capabilities with Googlepages.

It will be interesting to see how far Google and the Mozilla foundation go in their cooperation. Google already employs a few Mozilla coders and Google the default home page for Firefox. The first beta of Firefox 2.0 is coming out in one month.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.