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Firefox 2.0 Now To Ship In Late October

Mozilla Corp. on Monday pushed back the release date of Firefox 2.0 yet again, with a scheduled ship for mid-to-late October.

According to the minutes of Mozilla's weekly progress meetings, there are approximately 40 bugs in the under-construction Firefox 2.0 Beta 2, and about 100 that need to be addressed before the final goes out the door.

Firefox 2.0 debuted as a developers-eyes'-only Beta 1 a month ago. Version 2.0, which will compete against Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 when that browser rolls out later this year, boasts an in-line spell checker, anti-phishing alerts, and a restore-after-crash feature, other improvements include enhancements to its tabs, news feeds, and extension add-ons.

Mozilla's Firefox release calendar now pegs Aug. 23 as the ship date for Beta 2, with Release Candidate 1 (RC1) due Sept. 19. At the moment, the final is slated to post for downloading on Oct. 24.

The company was upfront about the cause of the delays. "[The] slip [is] due to number of outstanding blocker [bugs] in several areas," the minutes read.

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