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Mozilla Accepts Microsoft's Offer Of Help

Mozilla Corp. has accepted Microsoft's recent offer for help in getting the Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail client to run properly under Windows Vista.

According to a reply posted this week to the Mozilla developers forum by Mozilla spokesman Chris Beltzner, "for the record, yes, we'd definitely be interested in some 1:1 support. The facility and program that you describe should really help to ensure that we get the proper integration issues looked at for Firefox 2 and Thunderbird 2."

A week ago, the head of Microsoft's open-source lab invited Mozilla developers to Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. campus for a four-day work session with the company's Vista engineers.

"We have, of course, been testing on Vista, and Rob Strong has done some work with Ed Averett to ensure that we take advantage of the new 'Default Program' infrastructure," Beltzner went on in his message.

Default Program is a Vista feature that provides a single interface where users decide which software does what job, such as playing music files or browsing the Web. It's meant to replace the settings scattered inside applications, like the "default browser" option within Firefox and Microsoft's own Internet Explorer.

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