Today, the Mozilla Foundation announced a preview release of Firefox, the organization's standalone Web browser that's based on the Mozilla source code. The Firefox 1.0 Preview Release ships with all the leading-edge features from earlier Firefox releases, including tabbed browsing and pop-up blocking, and adds several exciting new features, such as Live Bookmarks, an in-place Find bar, and a new plug-in installer. In addition, Mozilla announced the release of Thunderbird 0.8, its prerelease email, newsgroup, and Really Simple Syndication (RSS) client, and SpreadFirefox.com, a Firefox advocacy Web site.
"We are delighted to announce these milestones for Firefox and Thunderbird," Mitchell Baker, president of the Mozilla Foundation, said. "These new releases, along with the launch of the SpreadFirefox.com Web site and the success of our Security Bug Bounty Program, demonstrate the power of open source to harness the creative energies of volunteer contributors from around the world."
Firefox is arguably the most innovative and feature-rich Web browser, and with the Preview Release, the product is moving ever closer to its final 1.0 release this fall. Also nearing the 1.0 milestone is Thunderbird 0.8, which adds a unified Inbox feature for users with multiple POP3 email accounts, data-migration features for Microsoft Office Outlook, Outlook Express, and Eudora users; integration with RSS Web logs (blogs); new Quick Search functionality for instantly finding email messages; and other new features.
You can download the Firefox 1.0 Preview Release and Thunderbird 0.8 from the Mozilla Foundation Web site. The Web site also contains the download for Mozilla 1.7, the most recent version of the integrated browser suite that includes all the security enhancements that are available in the most recent versions of Firefox and Thunderbird.