Firefox 2.0: Does it compete with Internet Explorer?

Mozilla has launched its newest Internet browser, Firefox 2.0, to the market.  Its focus is to streamline the previous version 1.5 for faster and easier Internet searching.  Its biggest competitor is Internet Explorer 7.

The new browser has a different interface with glowing 3-D buttons on the tool bar.
There is more manipulation on the tabbed browsers, allowing closing of one or all of the tabs.  For Internet Explorer users, tabs are equivalent to opening up many Internet Explorer windows at once.  This is beneficial for easily going back and forth within web pages.

Search functionality has been enhanced with a feature that displays a drop-down list of suggested search terms when users begin entering a word in the integrated search box. Search engine management also has been improved, and new search engines can be added from a long list of common search engines.

Anti-phishing features have become a must-have capability for modern browsers, and we found Firefox 2.0’s anti-phishing features to be solidly implemented.

We have tested the beta version of Firefox 2.0 to find it is incompatible with some 5+ older Sager laptop video cards.  Well, the next version, 3.0, is slated to come out in 2007 to fix such bugs.

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