Firefox 2.0 pushed back a month
Firefox 2.0 was previously due to come out in late September, but its
release date has now
been pushed back to October 24. The delay goes along with a change
in schedule for the Beta 2 release that was expected yesterday and will
instead be available on August 23. CNet says the delay is a result of bugs
in the browser's visual refresh, preferences, tabs, spell-checking, and
new anti-phishing functionality that still need to be resolved. Until
version 2.0 is out, Mozilla will continue to update Firefox 1.5; a
188.8.131.52 release is planned for September 7.
The postponement of Firefox 2.0 now places its launch closer to that of
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7.0, which is also planned for the fourth quarter.
Microsoft intends to push its new browser as a "high priority" update
via Windows XP's Automatic Updates tool, too, so Firefox 2.0 may end up
with some stiff competition considering IE7 also includes tabbed
browsing, browser add-ons, and anti-phishing features.