Mozilla Launches Version 1.5

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2003-10-15 Print this article Print

Release brings with it a CD option, new support services and a revamped project Web site.

The Mozilla Foundation on Wednesday is releasing the latest version of its open-source Web application suite. The Mozilla 1.5 suite, available now, includes a Web browser, e-mail client, Web page design software and a chat client. With the release, Mozilla is improving its tabbed browsing so that tabs and bookmarks work better together, building a spell checker into the mail client and improving the layout tools in the Mozilla Composer Web editor.
Mozilla also announced the latest releases of its stand-alone Firebird browser (Version 0.7) and Thunderbird mail application (Version 0.3). Both are technology previews because they remain in pre-version 1.0 states and havent undergone full testing, said Mitchell Baker, Mozilla Foundation president.
Along with the new releases, Mozilla is adding new end-user services in its quest to become more user-focused. It is offering Mozilla 1.5, Firebird and Thunderbird on a CD, in addition to software downloads, introducing end-user telephone support and launching a revamped Web site. A new version of Opera runs across operating systems. Read the story. Since becoming independent from America Online Inc.s Netscape Communications subsidiary in July, Mozilla has heard from users wanting its software offered on a CD, Baker said. International users and those with low-bandwidth connections are likely targets. "We want to remove any barriers for those who want Mozilla," Baker said. The CDs are available for $3.95. As previously reported, the telephone support is being offered through DecisionOne and costs $39.95 per incident. Mozilla also is planning future e-mail support, Baker said. The redesigned site, which will launch later this week, includes a section devoted to Mozilla product information targeted to end users, Baker said. In the past, much of the information on the Mozilla projects site was solely developer-focused. Discuss this in the eWEEK forum. Read eWEEK Labs review of Mozilla 1.4.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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