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Mozilla outlines Firefox v3 browser plans

Mozilla outlines Firefox v3 browser plans

Most knowledgeable users of Mozilla's free Firefox website browser probably already have some idea of what its next incarnation (Firefox v3) will look like.

Now the group’s vice president of engineering, Mike Schroepfer, has spoken out in more detail about what users can expect when it's released at the end of this year or early 2008:

The browser has been in development for two years, and will have a completely redesigned graphics engine capable of handling much more intricate images, improving image scaling and letting users zoom in and out on the page.

The Mozilla team is also working on software to let users access online applications offline, so that they can then be uploaded when the browser is reconnected to the internet.

A radical shake-up of the book-marking system for web pages is also planned. "When you think about it bookmarks have not changed for 10 years," Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering at Mozilla, told vnunet.com.

"There are better ways to organise the plethora of web pages people view today." Schroepfer explained that Mozilla is working on an embedded database of web history and bookmarks called SQL Lite.

Though it's not mentioned in VNUNet's summary, many users have echoed concerns that Firefox appears to be getting increasingly bloated with features, upping resource requirements and potentially slowing down its loading times.

We'll have to wait until v3 is released to know whether such fears stand the test of time, presently the browser is still someway from even the release candidate stage.


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