It has been six months since we’ve had any major Firefox news but now the IE decimator is back with the first Release Candidate of version 2.0.
Not officially available until tomorrow but already leaked across the web and available here, the latest incarnation doesn’t make the radical advances that might be expected from such a code number but it does provide some welcome and well thought out improvements.
Most significant among these are the anti-phishing tool and integrated spell checker. The former – which will also be a part of IE7 – works dynamically with a user’s surfing habits and Google's site listings to identify bogus or potentially dangerous websites. The later does exactly what is says on the tin: offering real time spell checking for postings and emails (which if you’ve ever read any Forum or Blog ever you’ll know is really needed!).
Apart from than these two biggies other helpful changes include horizontal scrolling in tabs (that’s my story title discipline out the window), dedicated close boxes inside each tab and a long overdue ‘Manage Search Engine’ tool.
Needless to say all the usual caveats apply with beta software: use at your own risk, no guarantees regarding security/stability, no getting wet, no feeding after midnight etc, etc and this edition will trash your existing themes and extensions. So if you would rather dabble than jump straight in I suggest you head on over here where a ‘portable edition’ has been made which works completely independently of your existing installation.
Happy non-Microsoftian surfing…