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Firefox 2 Launch: Interview With Chris Beard, Mozilla VP Products

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This afternoon Firefox 2 will be officially launched. In anticipation of the unveiling, here is an in-depth interview with Chris Beard (Mozilla Vice President of Products). Subjects discussed in the interview include the growing enterprise usage of Firefox, the importance of user experience and security, Mozilla's theory behind Web feeds and why they haven't included an integrated RSS Reader, the growing add-on ecosystem, offline browsing, why this is a 2.0 release and not a 1.x one, and finally Chris tells us a little about the future of the browser.

Firefox growth

Chris started off with an overview of Firefox's market position. He said it is a global community and a public benefit organization. Their free and Open Source products attract:

100’s of active technical contributors
10,000’s of nightly testers
100,000’s of evangelists and marketers
70,000,000+ end-users in 40+ languages

Chris said there is strong demand and growth.

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Also:

A new version of the Firefox browser for the web 2.0 age is to make its debut on 24 October.

Built in to the updated software is anti-phishing technology, to prevent fraud, as well as built-in spell checking and a search engine manager.

It is released less than a week after Microsoft unveiled Internet Explorer 7.
The Mozilla Corporation, which oversees the development of Firefox, says more than one million people helped refine the final release.

Firefox 2 is released at 1700 PST (0100 BST).

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