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08 September 2008, 10:03

Mozilla releases Firefox 3.1 alpha 2

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Mozilla Corp released a new alpha of Firefox 3.1, alpha 2, last Friday. Codenamed 'Shiretoko', the release is targeted at developers and testers, and incorporates some new features, but not TraceMonkey, Mozilla's accelerated JavaScript engine.

New in Firefox 3.1 alpha 2, is support for the HTML 5 <video> element which is aimed at simplifying the embedding of video content into web pages, removing the need to wrap video content with a plug-in and player application such as Flash player or Quicktime player. Some UI enhancements have also been incorporated; browser tabs can now be dragged between browser windows and there is better integration with Windows Vista's Aero 'Glass' look.

What isn't in alpha 2 is TraceMonkey; Mozilla advise that developers wanting to work with TraceMonkey should download a nightly build of Firefox, where TraceMonkey is included and follow instructions on how to activate the just-in-time compiling JavaScript engine.


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