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Firefox 2.0 arrives: let the parties begin!
Oct. 24, 2006

[Updated 2:30 p.m. PDT] -- "All over the world, we're celebrating the launch of Firefox 2," Mozilla Corp. proudly proclaims. The newest version of what is surely the world's hottest web browser hit the web at a bit after 2:20 p.m. Pacific Time today.

Firefox 2.0 and Firefox 2.0 RC3 are identical, Mozilla staffer Chris Beard told, except for one thing. "The difference is that we want people to download Firefox 2 from our main channels at and, as this release will have the official branding," Beard said.
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If you're of a mind to celebrate, you can even attend a party and whoop it up with fellow Firefox-users. Check out the Firefox Party map on the FirefoxParty website, for the one nearest to your location.

Find a party -- celebrate Firefox 2!
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Key new features in Firefox 2.0, as listed by Mozilla, include:
  • Visual Refresh -- Firefox 2's theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability without altering the familiarity of the browsing experience. For instance, toolbar buttons now glow when you hover over them.

  • Resuming your browsing session -- The Session Restore feature restores windows, tabs, text typed in forms, and in-progress downloads from the last user session.

  • Live Titles -- When a website offers a microsummary (a regularly updated summary of the most important information on a Web page), users can create a bookmark with a "Live Title." Compact enough to fit in the space available to a bookmark label, they provide more useful information about pages than static page titles, and are regularly updated with the latest information. There are several websites that can be bookmarked with Live Titles, and even more add-ons to generate Live Titles for other popular websites.

  • Client-side session and persistent storage -- New support for storing structured data on the client side, to enable better handling of online transactions and improved performance when dealing with large amounts of data, such as documents and mailboxes. This is based on the WHATWG specification for client-side session and persistent storage.
The release notes include a more detailed "what's new" list, which can be viewed here.

For more detail on what's in Firefox 2.0, read our mini-review of Firefox 2, release candidate 3, our Oct. 8 coverage of the release of Firefox 2, release candidate 2, and our Aug. 31 coverage of the release of Firefox version 2, beta 2.

A slide show of Firefox 2 screenshots is available at our sister site, here.

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