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Mozilla Moves On To Firefox 3.0

With Firefox 2.0 out the door earlier this week, Mozilla Corp. will turn its attention to version 3.0, said company executives, with a goal to deliver the new browser in 2007.

Officially Firefox 3.0 but code named "Gran Paradiso," the application will pick up where Firefox 2.0 leaves off, said Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla's director of engineering. Among the features Mozilla wants to get into 3.0 is "Places," the revamped bookmarks tool which was dropped from Firefox 2.0 in April.

"Places just wasn't ready to go [in Firefox 2.0]," said Schroepfer. "We definitely didn't want to add it until it was ready for prime time."

That time, he added, would be Firefox 3.0. Places, a major redesign of the bookmark model, will store both bookmarks and browsing history in a database, then let users search the database for sites they want to revisit.

"Bookmarks and [browsing] history haven't changed in years," Schroepfer said. "We have a number of ideas of how people can manage their own section of the Web."

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