The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

Got 1.5 Yet?

Posted by Xavier Ashe on November 30, 2005

Firefox 1.5 is out and has already been downloaded 2 million times.  Have you got your copy yet?

  • Automated update to
    streamline product upgrades. Notification of an update is more
    prominent, and updates to Firefox may now be half a megabyte or
    smaller. Updating extensions has also improved.
  • Faster browser navigation with improvements to back and forward button performance.
  • Drag and drop reordering for browser tabs.
  • Improvements to popup blocking.
  • Clear Private Data feature provides an easy way to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
  • Answers.com is added to the search engine list.
  • Improvements to product usability including descriptive error pages, redesigned options menu, RSS discovery, and “Safe Mode” experience.
  • Better accessibility including support for DHTML accessibility and assistive technologies such as the Window-Eyes 5.5 beta screen reader
    for Microsoft Windows. Screen readers read aloud all available
    information in applications and documents or show the information on a Braille display, enabling blind and visually impaired users to use equivalent software functionality as their sighted peers.
  • Report a broken Web site wizard to report Web sites that are not working in Firefox.
  • Better support for Mac OS X (10.2 and greater) including profile migration from Safari and Mac Internet Explorer.
  • New support for Web Standards including SVG, CSS 2 and CSS 3, and JavaScript 1.6.
  • Many security enhancements.

The Burning Edge has more detailed lists of new features and notable bug fixes.

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