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Firefox 3.0 beta delayed

Antony Savvas

The first beta of the Firefox 3.0 open source web browser has been delayed by around six weeks, as developer Mozilla concentrates on improving its quality.

The new browser was originally expected to first appear by the end of this month, but this has now been pushed back until the middle of September.

A posting to the Mozilla development planning group by

Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla vice president of engineering, set out the new roadmap for the beta.

Mozilla is still developing new features in the browser and is working to get the size of the code footprint down.

The size of the browser is key to Mozilla, as the streamlined browser takes up far less space than chief rival Internet Explorer.

The final version of Firefox 3.0 was expected by the end of the year. It is not clear whether this will now be pushed back into next year.





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