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It is a developer preview release of our next generation Thunderbird email client and is being made available for testing purposes only.

Thunderbird 2 Beta 2 is intended for testing community.

What’s New

  • Message Tags: Create your own tags for organizing email. Messages can be assigned any number of tags. Tags can be combined with saved searches and mail views to make it easier to organize email.
  • Visual Theme:Thunderbird 2’s theme and user interface have been updated to improve usability.
  • Session History Navigation: Back and Forward buttons allow navigation through message history.
  • Folder Views: Customize the folder pane to show favorite, unread or recent folders.
  • Improved Support For Extensions: Extensions can now add custom columns to the message list pane in addition to storing custom message data in the mail database.
  • Improved Offline Management: Thunderbird (Linux and Windows) automatically adjusts the offline state based on current network connectivity.
  • Improved New Mail Notification Alerts:New mail alerts include information such as the subject, sender and message text.
  • Folder Summary Popups: Mouse over a folder with new messages to see a summary of the new messages in that folder.
  • Saved Search Folder Performance: Search results for saved search folders are now cached, improving folder loading performance.
  • Find As You Type
  • Improved Filing Tools: Recent folder menu items for moving and copying messages to recently used folders. Move / Copy again functionality.
  • Updates to the extension system: The extension system has been updated to provide enhanced security and to allow for easier localization of extensions.
  • New Windows installer: Based on Nullsoft Scriptable Install System, the new Windows installer resolves many long-standing issues.
  • MacOS X Universal Binaries

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Expected Release Date: Quarter 3 of 2007

The proposed major theme for Gran Paradiso is “improved information and content management”. Gran Paradiso will continue to improve in areas where they have traditionally been strong in: security, usability, extensibility and customization, performance, web standards and compatibility.

You can find the Requirement Document of Firefox 3 here…

Some of the Interesting Requirements I found on their wiki:

  1. Enhancement on Add On Feature
  2. Plugin support for Flash, Acrobat, WMV, Quicktime, Java
  3. Enhancing Printing Support
  4. Save web pages as PDF documents. – I Love this requirement. I always wanted to grab the page as PDF and save it for later reference.
  5. Support pause/resume for downloads.
  6. Integrate with Windows Vista parental controls.
  7. Tab Grouping.

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Why Firefox Wins?

Why Firefox wins against other popular browsers….

This is what they say ….

Source: Firefox Wiki

Firefox will win because:

  • Users and developers love the extensions and customization available for Firefox
  • Perception of fast & slim. For AJAX apps, we are faster.
  • Perception of security and safety
  • WebDev segment love the product for its web compatibility and standards compliance
  • Developer tools and support
  • Brand value and open source (Participatory culture and community ownership model – by the Web, for the Web)

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Nov 13 2006

Sun released the first pieces of source code for Sun’s implementation of JSE (Java Platform Standard Edition) and a buildable implementation of JME (Java Platform Micro Edition). Sun will also be making JEE (Java Platform Enterprise Edition) available under the GPLv2 license. JEE had already been available under Sun’s CDDL (Common Development and Distribution License), through Project GlassFish.

All of the Java source code is scheduled to be released by March 2007. 

Sun states that this announcement represents one of the largest source code contributions under the GPL license, and also that it is the open-sourcing of one of the industry’s most significant and pervasive software platforms.


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Microsoft has released the final version of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows XP.
Download Windows Media Player 11 Here.

Version 11 supports a redesigned user interface and incorporates seamless integration with MTV’s URGE music service. According to Microsoft, the URGE online catalog provides customers with over 2 million songs by over 110,000 artists. Microsoft is also boasting that its improved search engine in Windows Media Player 11 provides faster results than any other media player on the market.

What Has Changed in Version 11

Enhanced Look and Feel

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Classic Menu

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Classic Menu is turned Off by default. However you can enable it back by right clicking anywhere on Media Player.

Fast Access to Settings

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Right-click or click the down arrow that is assigned to each activity tab (Now Playing, Library, Rip, Burn, and Sync) to reveal menu options that are relevant to each respective tab. This new feature offers quick access to the most common Player settings.

Revamped Playback Controls

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The new playback controls are easier to find and use and feature improved repeat, shuffle, and full-screen options.

Status Area

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With just one click, you can change the look of the area in the lower-left corner of the Player to a thumbnail view of playback status, album art, or an equalizer.

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Microsoft has released an interim build of Windows Vista to 100,000
Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants, and made the new build
available on TechBeta, TechNet, TAP and MSDN

Any member or subscriber to TechBeta, TechNet, TAP and MSDN can download it for free.

The latest version speeds up the installation and upgrade procedures,
so that when you install or upgrade, the process goes more quickly than
it did in earlier builds, the company said. The release also includes
bug fixes and other minor improvements to the “fit and finish” of the
operating system.

The build, 5728, is the first public release of a new Vista version
since the debut of Release Candidate 1 (RC1) on 1 September
, which had
version number 5600. Microsoft does not view it as a milestone or major
revision and released it primarily to get feedback on the upgrade and
installation experience, it said. The new release also includes overall
performance enhancements, improved stability and allows users to turn
off the start-up music.

The 100,000 CPP participants who received the newest build were
chosen at random. In addition, any member or subscriber to TechBeta,
TechNet, TAP and MSDN can download it for free.

Microsoft has said Windows Vista will be in the hands of volume
licence customers by November and available to consumers by the end of

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OSDL expects low cost Linux Office version to keep Open Office at bay. Microsoft within the “next couple of years” will release a version of its Office productivity to run on Linux, Stuart Cohen, chief executive for the Open Source Development Labs, predicted in an interview with vnunet.com at the Linuxworld conference in San Francicso.

“They did it once with Apple, they will do it again with Linux,” Cohen said

The OSDL consortium aims to advance Linux and open source. The organization employs Linux founder Linus Torvalds and is funded by IT vendors including IBM, HP and Intel.

The software developer will be compelled to create a Linux version in a move to preempt the further rise of the open source Open Office productivity suite, Cohen argued.

“They’ll go fight the total cost of ownership with a very inexpensive office solution. I don’t think that they will open source Office , but they will make it available to run on Linux desktops.”

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