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MOZILLA FOUNDATION LAUNCHES NEW WEB BROWSER AND END USER SERVICES
Mozilla 1.5, a new Web site, end user support, CD program, and
technology preview releases signal increased end user focus
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. - (Send2Press Newswire) - Oct. 15, 2003 -- Three
months after it was created, the Mozilla Foundation, the organization
that shepherds the open source Mozilla project, announced a series of
new products and services aimed at meeting the needs of end users.
Today, the organization released version 1.5 of the Mozilla Web browsing
suite and technology previews of its next generation Web browser and
e-mail clients. In a move aimed at better serving consumers, the
Mozilla Foundation also announced the availability of affordably-priced
CDs, telephone customer support and unveiled a beta version of a new Web
site that showcases Mozilla's support for industry Web standards.
"Now that we are an independent organization, we will continue to
aggressively develop our core technologies, but we will also focus more
heavily on serving end users," said Mitchell Baker, president of the
Mozilla Foundation. "The services and products we re announcing today
mark the beginning of this effort and are part of our plan for ensuring
the long-term success and viability of the Mozilla project."
Mozilla 1.5 Released
Mozilla 1.5, the latest release of the Internet suite honored in July by
PC World as Best of 2003 in its category, is available for immediate
download from http://www.mozilla.org/, where CDs of the software are
also available. Mozilla 1.5 makes surfing the Internet a safer, more
enjoyable experience with features such as blocking of pop-up
advertisements, tabbed browsing (the ability to have multiple Web pages
open in one window) and sophisticated spam controls. The Internet suite
includes a Web browser, e-mail client, Web page design software and
Mozilla 1.5 includes numerous new features, bug fixes and performance
improvements. Tabbed browsing, already one of the most acclaimed
features in Mozilla, was further improved. Mozilla's mail client now
features a built-in spell-checker. Numerous improvements were made to
Mozilla Composer, Mozilla's GUI Web editor, including a "snap to grid"
feature and better resizing of images, tables and absolutely positioned
objects. Additionally, lots of bugfixes and new features were added to
Chatzilla, the Mozilla chat client.
Beta Version of Redesigned Mozilla Web Site Launches The Mozilla
Foundation also unveiled a beta version of a redesigned Web site that
aims to meet the needs of end users and developers alike. The new site
is built using the latest Web standards, including XHTML and CSS, and
offers, among others, software downloads, numerous themes and
extensions, tips and tricks for using Mozilla software and links to free
community support message boards.
Mozilla CDs Available
The Mozilla Foundation announced the immediate availability of CDs that
include both Mozilla 1.5 and technology previews of its next generation
software. The CDs are available worldwide for just $3.95 (plus shipping
and handling) and run on Microsoft Windows, Macintosh OS X and Linux
End User Support Available
Telephone support is now available for end users of the Mozilla Internet
suite for only $39.95 per incident.
Technology Previews of Next Generation Web Browser and E-Mail Software
The Mozilla Foundation also released technology previews of its
next-generation Web browser and e-mail software, code-named Mozilla
Firebird (version 0.7) and Thunderbird (version 0.3). The releases are
available at Mozilla.org and on CD.
About Mozilla And The Mozilla Foundation
The Mozilla Foundation's Mozilla Internet suite is rapidly emerging as
the most widely acclaimed Web browser, with PC World's July issue
honoring it as "Best of 2003" in its category, LinuxJournal Magazine
giving it an "Editor's Choice Award" for "Best Web Browser" (July issue)
and eWeek raving that "eWEEK Labs found the new features in Mozilla 1.4
... to be remarkable improvements that enhance what was already the best
browser option out there..." (July 1). The Guardian recently predicted
that Mozilla.org's upcoming new products "could make Microsoft's
offerings look very shabby indeed..." (July 10).
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit corporation dedicated to
developing the open source Mozilla technologies and products. The
Foundation is based in Mountain View, California.
The Mozilla name and logos are trademarks of the Mozilla Foundation. Other trademarks acknowledged.
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