Firefox 4 Details

Firefox 4 Details

With Firefox 3 nearing completion Mozilla's VP of Labs, Chris Beard, decided to start discussing what's next for their browser.  Support for the upcoming HTML 5 standard is a given, but Mozilla's vision for the next Firefox is much grander:

“Beard's basic push is to un-isolate the browser.  He says that after 10 years the browser still remains isolated from your browser on other machines and from your computer environment. This leads to the focal point of Mozilla's efforts for Firefox 4.  Mozilla is pushing strongly for two very different new lines of research:  Prism and Weave.”

Prism's function will be to meld online and offline applications.  As Beard described Prism, it should enable users to utilize web applications without being online.
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“Beard's basic push is to un-isolate the browser.  He says that after 10 years the browser still remains isolated from your browser on other machines and from your computer environment.
 

So what exactly does this mean?

 

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 i guess it will work with ie7 or something

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The more interconnected online and offline applications become, the more crucial internet security becomes. Currently Firefox benefits from the same type of passive virus protection that Apple enjoys. I believe it was FlyinBrian that put it best in another thread, "security by obscurity". I wouldn't say Firefox is obscure exactly, it is however used by far less people than IE currently is. This is at least in part one of the reasons I think it is a safer browser. It simply isn't as prime a target as IE for virus' and the like. Security aside one of the best things about Firefox are the wealth of extensions available. This is a stroke of pure genius on Mozilla's part, considering most of them are open-source created at no cost to Mozilla.

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