Firefox 1.5 review: Firefox 1.5

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Installation and interface: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Service and support: 8.0
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The Good Firefox 1.5 has drag-and-drop tabs, search text, and RSS features; faster performance; incremental updates; new security features.

The Bad Firefox 1.5 requires you to update most of your favorite extensions.

The Bottom Line While Firefox 1.5 isn't too different from the original release, what's new should attract even more Firefox users--and that's ultimately good for the Internet.

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Firefox 1.5

They said it couldn't be done, but during the first few months of 2005, the Mozilla Organization's Firefox browser carved a sizable dent in Microsoft Internet Explorer's domination over the desktop Internet browser market, and this new release should bring even more converts. Now courting roughly 10 percent of the browser market with versions that run on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms, Firefox 1.5 continues to make usability and features a cornerstone of its success. Unlike Internet Explorer 6, Firefox 1.5 offers built-in search, tabbed browsing, and an RSS reader. The new features we see in Firefox 1.5 easily best the bells and whistles we've seen within the upcoming release of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP.

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Firefox 1.5

Part Number: CNETFIREFOX1.5BETA1 Released: Nov 29, 2005

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  • Release date Nov 29, 2005