Firefox 2.0 Alpha 2 has finally been released a little bit past the expected release date of May 9. Mozilla was able to get a lot of new features slammed into this build and there are still more to come. One big feature that was not put into this build was the phishing filter. This is now expected to be in the Alpha 3 build that should be released on May 25. After that time Firefox 2.0 should probably be feature complete and they will continue to work on bugs and perfect their browser with the beta builds.
Here is a list of notable changes in Alpha 2 since the previous build:
- Links default to opening in new tabs, not new windows
- Close buttons now appear on every tab, and the close behavior is slightly different
- Inline spell checking in text boxes
- Automatic restoration of your browsing session if there is a crash
- Search suggestions now appear in the search box autocomplete for Google and Yahoo!
- New search plugin manager for removing and re-ordering search engines
- Improved support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds
- New microsummaries feature for bookmarks
- New Add-Ons manager improves the user interface for managing extensions and themes
- Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions
- New search service that supports Sherlock and OpenSearch engines
- Support for SVG text using svg:textPath