Although Firefox 2.0 doesn’t officially ship until tomorrow, you can snag it off Mozilla’s servers today if you’re interested (Mac version
here; Windows version
). On the Windows side of things, Firefox is a no-brainer as far as I’m concerned; the real question for me is whether 2.0 can take a shot at Safari on OS X.
First impressions? It’s fast, and the interface looks slick. The only misstep on OS X is the continued lack of native Cocoa widgets for form elements. Call me an aesthete—I don’t want to stare at Windows-looking buttons on Google all day. Sure, there are third-party add-ons that you can use to adjust the look of buttons and menus, but truly native widgets still await version 3.0.
But on to the other features: built-in spellcheck in textarea forms is
, especially for bloggers; the improvements to tabbed browsing are slick; better handling on RSS feeds is very welcome; and session-saving functionality is the bee’s knees. There’s much more too, so give it a shot.