By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-02-02 Print this article Print

In many ways, the new Mozilla 1.6 is a minor upgrade, making the previous 1.5 release look like a major revision.

See eWEEK Labs review of Mozilla 1.5.

But among the new features are some key improvements that will continue to make the free Mozilla, already the best browser available, even more attractive to businesses looking for more capabilities in their browser. One of the biggest new features in Mozilla 1.6, which was released last month and is available at www.mozilla.org, is full support for NTLM (NT LAN Manager) authentication throughout all the platforms the browser runs on. In the previous two versions, NTLM authentication worked only on Windows systems, but in Mozilla 1.6, it also works on Mac OS X and Linux.

This is an important feature in that it makes content on NTLM-protected sites available to non-Windows users and is one less reason for companies not to consider Mozilla. In eWEEK Labs tests, we had no trouble logging in to Web content that used NTLM authentication from our Mac and Linux test systems.

In recent versions, the Mozilla Foundation has steadily improved Mozillas e-mail client, to the point where it is now a valid option for businesses. Version 1.6 continues this trend with several small-but-welcome new features. One of these is the ability to attach and view vCard contact information in e-mail messages, a must-have feature in some organizations.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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