Firefox 1.1 coming soon
One of the things I like about the Mozilla group a lot is that when they are about to release an update, or a new software, they give you dozens of earlier builds for you to keep track of the improvements and slowly get used to them. With their alpha version of Firefox 1.1, code-named Deer Park, already available to the public in it’s Alpha 2 form (only a couple of weeks after the Alpha 1 came out), it’s probably only a matter of one or two weeks before we have the Release Candidates or the final version out.
Let’s see the improvements that are expected:
- Preferences window got a nice makeover and was reorganized
- Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater)
- Improvements to popup blocking (Always welcome!)
- Faster browsing with “Fast Back” and “Fast Forward”
- Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs (Another extension that I won’t be needing)
- Image thumbnails as tab icons
- Software ‘Patch’ System (thanks tollie)
- Better CSS support (thanks Riddle)
Besides these, they’re also taking some measures so that it’s easier for developers to register their extensions and themes and so that you can rollback an upgrade you did to any extension in case there’s something wrong with it.
It’s the kind of motivation that Mozilla has for always striving to improve their products and give their users a better experience that earns it the “love” of thousands of users like myself. And it’s nice to see that they listen to what their users want and take care of every platform they adopt for their programs.
What’s coming in the future? Well for the 1.5 version we will be seeing a few tweaks done to the download manager and customizable toolbars (Yahoo Bar, Google Bar, etc.) but until then, expect plenty of more tweaks and features made for our favorite browser.