On September 27, 2006 Mozilla Foundation announced the availability of Firefox 2.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1). Paul Kim, Director of Product Marketing for Mozilla Corporation, said "Web application developers, our testing community, and users who want to get a sneak peek at the next version of Firefox should download and install this release candidate."

Kim points out that since Firefox 2.0 is still in development some of your extensions, plugins and themes from previous versions of Firefox might not work properly. Nevertheless here's a list of some of the improvements you can expect to see in the new version:

  • A new theme that updates Firefox's familiar interface
  • Built in Phishing Protection
  • Enhanced search engine management and search suggestions for Google, Yahoo! and Answers.com
  • Improvements to tabbed browsing, including the ability to re-open recently closed tabs
  • Firefox will resume from where you left off after a system crash or browser restart
  • Better support for previewing and subscribing to Web feeds
  • Inline spell checking in Web forms
  • The ability to create bookmarks with "Live Titles" for Web sites that offer microsummaries
  • New Add-ons manager that simplifies management of extensions and themes.
  • Support for JavaScript 1.7
  • Extended search plugin format
  • Updates to the extension system to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions
  • Support for client-side session and persistent storage
  • Support for SVG text using svg:textPath
  • New Windows installer based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System

Firefox 2.0 RC 1 is available for download in 49 languages. Vous pouvez obtenir Firefox 2.0 ici!