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This is the first release candidate for Firefox 3.5, the latest version of the Firefox web browser. As a member of our beta audience, you are being updated to this version to help test and preview the new version before it is released to the general public.

 

The new Firefox is faster than before, supports new web technologies, improving performance and ease of use and has features like –

  • Improved tools for controlling your private data, including a Private Browsing Mode.
  • Better performance and stability with the new TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.
  • The ability to provide Location Aware Browsing using web standards for geolocation.
  • Support for native JSON, and web worker threads.
  • Improvements to the Gecko layout engine, including speculative parsing for faster content rendering.
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    This release is available in more than 70 languages and you can download it here.

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    This notifier along with Windows 7’s taskbar and jump list makes a powerful application –

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    Unread messages count –

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    Easy preview of messages –

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    Get work done faster with jump lists – everything you wana do is just click away.

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    And that’s about it! It is using Gmail secured RSS feed to retrieve the mails so it should be pretty safe. Credentials are saved using a machine’s dependent encryption. Here are some more screens:

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    You can get Gmail notifier plus for Windows 7 here.

    [via neowin forums]

     

     

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    Ok…. The official Windows 7 Release Candidate is now available for everyone through Microsoft’s Customer Preview program.

    Here’s what you need to know –

    1. This is pre-release software, so please read the following to get an idea of the risks and key things you need to know before you try the RC.
    2. You don’t need to rush to get the RC. The RC will be available at least through July 2009 and we’re not limiting the number of product keys, so you have plenty of time.
    3. Watch the calendar. The RC will expire on June 1, 2010. Starting on March 1, 2010, your PC will begin shutting down every two hours. Windows will notify you two weeks before the bi-hourly shutdowns start. To avoid interruption, you’ll need to install a non-expired version of Windows before March 1, 2010. You’ll also need to install the programs and data that you want to use. (Learn more about installing Windows.)
    4. Protect your PC and data. Be sure to back up your data and please don’t test the RC on your primary home or business PC.
    5. Tech details/updates: Before installing the RC, please read the Release Notes and Things to Know for important information about the release.
    6. Keep up with the news. You can keep up with general technical information and news by following the team blog. And, you can get non-technical news, tips, and offers by subscribing to the monthly Exploring Windows newsletter.
    7. Keep your PC updated: Be sure to turn on automatic updates in Windows Update in case we publish updates for the RC.
    8. Installation: You can install the Windows 7 RC on a PC running Windows Vista without backing up the PC—but we encourage you to make a backup for safe keeping. If you’re running Windows XP or the Windows 7 Beta, you’ll need to backup your data, then do a clean installation of the RC, then reinstall your applications and restore your data. If you need to do a backup, please see How to back up your PC for more details and a suggestion for how to backup a PC running Windows 7 Beta or Windows Vista.

    To install and use the RC, you’ll need to know how to:

    Troubleshoot problems. You’re pretty much flying solo, so you’ll need to handle your own tech support, and rely on other RC testers for their know-how

    1. Burn an ISO file to make an installation DVD
    2. Install Windows
    3. Backup and restore your PC
    4. Set up a network
    5. Create and use a system recovery disk
      Just click on this link and select 32-bit or 64-bit version and start the download, the speeds are really good. (I’m getting 450kbps) The good news is that once you start the download, you won’t have to answer any more questions – you can walk away while it finishes. If it gets interrupted, it’ll restart where it left off.

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    You might to fill some form (I had to), then click continue and you’ll get this page –

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    Hit Download and you’re done.

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    windows7

    Many windows users still like and use XP, it is one of the most popular operating system till date and it seems that it isn’t going out of service any time soon.

    Microsoft has been offering downgrade from vista to XP, now they say they are going to extend it to Windows 7 too.

    While it is true that Vista was/is too resource heavy to run in low powered computers like netbooks so as to keep the market share of Windows high and not to give way to Linux. But this isn’t required in case of Windows 7 as it is perfectly capable of running in netbooks and low powered PCs.

    You have to remember that you just can’t walk into a store and purchase Windows XP, you have to downgrade. For netbook users the downgrade is most likely to be limited as Windows 7 isn’t a resource hog. The downgrade option would most likely benefit corporate customers who aren’t ready to upgrade to Windows 7. You might have to purchase Windows 7 Enterprise or Ultimate edition to qualify for the downgrade.

    Microsoft isn’t commenting on the deadline for downgrading to Windows XP. But an early report indicated that the downgrade option would be available through April 30, 2010.

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    The increase in version number is proposed due to the sheer volume of work which makes Shiretoko feel like much more than a small, incremental improvement over Firefox 3: TraceMonkey, <video> tag and player support, improvements to user controls over data privacy, significant improvements in the web layout and rendering platform, and much more.

    Under this proposal:

    • Shiretoko would be released as Firefox 3.5,
    • the upcoming third beta release would still carry the 3.1b3 version numbering,
    • the following foruth beta will be numbered Firefox 3.5b4,
    • “Minefield” builds from the trunk mozilla-central repository will be renumbered to 3.6a1pre until further notice – we will need to consider and decide on a version number for that release at a future date,
    • the Gecko version numbering will not change, remain 1.9.1 on the mozilla-1.9.1 branch and 1.9.2 on the mozilla-central repository for the forseeable future.

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    Foxmarks, one of my favorite add-on which backups your bookmarks and password, suggests tags is changing it’s name to xmarks and adding new features.

    xmarks The features of xmarks are –

    Screenshot of Smarter Search.

    Smarter Search

    Xmarks will highlight the 3 top sites in your Google results based on how many people have bookmarked them. Simply move your mouse over the site info icon to learn more about that site.

    Screenshot of Site Info.

    Site Info built into your browser

    Click on the Xmarks info icon in your location bar to see detailed information about the site you are on, and discover other great sites just like it.

    Multi-browser for Xmarks coming soon.

    Sync and Backup

    Install Xmarks on each computer you use, and it seamlessly integrates with your web browser and keeps your bookmarks safely backed up and in sync.
    The Xmarks browser add-on is coming soon to Internet Explorer and Safari.

     

    Adding new features is great but why the name change?

    Well.. The add-on is now not a Firefox only add-on, it’s compactable with both Internet Explorer and Safari. The name Foxmarks links it with Firefox. This might be the reason for the change of name.

     

    ie-8

    Internet Explorer 8 release candidate 1 which was released last week is getting a lots attention and might pose competition to Google Chrome, the browser which is supposed to get IE users to switch to Chrome.

    Both the browsers now have 1% market share and considering IE 8 was released last week it do doing very well. The attention might be due to web developers the world over downloading IE8 to get their sites up to spec before users start switching from IE7 en masse. Likewise, Windows 7 comes with IE8 installed by default, so Microsoft’s recent Windows 7 Beta push can’t be hurting those numbers, either.

     


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