Firefox 2 Coming Soon

I was just reading on Blog on the Side that Firefox 2 is due on in October – a fact I must have missed along the way. In her post she links to an article in Business Week about what Firefox will have to do to keep its market share up.

I love the fact that Firefox has 10% of the market which is more than Opera or Safari – but I agree with the author when he says:

But as Mozilla prepares for the October release of the next version of Firefox, the group is facing its biggest challenge yet: Going mainstream. Firefox’s share of the market, however impressive, has been flat after rapid growth in 2004 and 2005. Analysts say that’s because Mozilla has largely reached the natural Firefox constituency-¬Ěhip college students, Microsoft haters, and tech geeks.

EXPLORER THREAT. To continue to grow, Firefox will have to start winning converts from the rest of Internet-using society. These are the people who don’t know or care what open source means, many of them assuming that all it takes to get on the Internet is clicking on that ubiquitous, oversized lowercase “e.” “The problem is Internet Explorer works,” says Geoff Johnston, analyst at Internet analytics company WebSideStory. “I don’t think they’ll ever get to 15%.”

Mozilla's order will only get taller once Microsoft releases the latest version of Internet Explorer, now available in test mode. The new Microsoft browser already contains many of the innovations that have set Firefox apart. These include “tabbed browsing,” or the ability to have several sites open at once without running several Internet windows. Microsoft has already followed other Firefox features, like pop-up blockers. Some fear Firefox could even lose market share.

Well Firefox fans (since I know most of my readers are using Firefox) it’s time to get our friends and family hooked – before the new IE hits desktops!

Pixel Ruler

Sometimes I find myself taking a screenshot and cropping the image just to find out how much space I have to work with – this is just silly! Download Squad has just pointed me to a new resource – Pixel Ruler.

Know the exact size and position of any element with this screen ruler. Pixel Ruler features horizontal and vertical orientation, dynamic mouse measurement tracking in pixels, cool design.

It’s not perfect – but it is something I’m going to keep installed – you never know when it will come in handy.

For Firefox users there is also the MeasureIt extension – just FYI.

Another Nifty Firefox Extension

Are you reading Download Squad? If you’re not, you’re missing out on all kinds of neat tools.

I just read about Link Alert – a Firefox Extension that changes your cursor based on the type of link you’re about to click. So if you’re about to click a PDF link it will add the PDF icon to your cursor.

I have made edits to the CSS here on this blog so that you can see what type of link you’re about to follow – but since most of you are probably reading through your aggregator this extension might be a handy addition to your browser.

Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing

I just stumbled upon a list (it’s a bit old) of the 50 Best Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing – I haven’t finished the list but I have already found 4 or 5 new extensions that I want – so I wanted to share the list with you in case you missed it the first time around.

[update] I just saw that this thread is constantly updated – so it’s not old at all! [/update]

New Firefox

Okay, so I’ve read all over about Firefox 1.5 and I went to download it (a while ago) only to find out it wasn’t an official release … so I decided to wait. Today I went back to the Firefox site and what do I see? Version 1.5 available for download!!

How come my browser didn’t give me the “New Updates” message?

Oh well, who cares – I’m off to download the new Firefox (and then I’m going to read this article in Wired) – you should too!