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Mozilla gives Firefox 3 Beta 2 to wanting crowd

Mozilla (opens in new tab) has released the second beta of its browser, Firefox 3. The release comes a few weeks after the first beta was launched and shows that the Open source rival to Microsoft's Internet Explorer is preparing for a build up in 2008.

Microsoft has already announced that the eighth version of Internet Explorer will be released sometime in the first half of 2008 and Firefox 3 is set to debut in 2008.

The development team has apparently fixed over 330 memory leaks and the browser appears to be snappier than the existing 2.0.0.11 version.

Beta 2 also brings better password management, a brand new download manager with resumable download feature as well as a smart location bar feature which looks in saved URLs to come up with a list of proposed links.

There's also an effective top level domain service which ensures that only one domain has access to saved cookies.

A test showed that FF3 is not compatible with a sample of existing plug-ins although this is bound to change at release.In other news, Opera, the other alternative browser, has released version 9.25 of its Opera browser which addresses a few security issues.

Désiré Athow
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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 ITProPortal.com 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.