The New Hotness

December 1, 2005

Networking, Technology

Old and busted, meet the new hotness. This week, we are seeing some amazing releases that have been in development for many months. As everyone must know already, Firefox 1.5 is finally available in a GA form. I’ve been using trunk builds and release candidates for several months. And now everyone can share the fun.

So what’s so new? Well, Firefox 1.5 delivers on nearly every front. In this new release, you’ll find:

  • Improved speed,
  • Improved security,
  • Improved stability,
  • An automated product update facility (that includes incremntal updates as well as forklift updates),
  • Improved graphical rendering (via SVG),

and a host of other functions. If you want to see the full list, check out the release notes.

And the extension developers haven’t been standing still either. The new version of Greasemonkey (0.6.4) features a new script installer and a new menuing system (otherwise known as “MonkeyMenus”). If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know how excited I am about AJAX and Greasemonkey. And this new version continues to deliver the goods.

But lest I f0rget competition, it is important to note that even Microsoft is taking notice of the new excitement of Web 2.0. I can’t wait for IE 7 to go GA. It will be great to have real competition in the market once again. With Mozilla and Microsoft both striving to outdeliver and outperform each other, the users will be the real winners. I love healthy competition!




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