Firefox 2.0 alpha released to developers

Early test version of browser is meant for developers only, to allow them to test new bookmark feature, among others.

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Mozilla has released a developers' version of Firefox 2.0 to enable them to test the infrastructure supporting the browser's new bookmark functionality.

Firefox 2.0 Bon Echo Alpha 1, delivered Tuesday evening, focuses on improving access and the ease of use for Web site history and bookmarks, known as Places, according to the Mozilla wiki.

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The Places functionality aims to consolidate user data formats, as well as improve the capabilities of Live Bookmarks.

"The BonEcho Alpha 1 milestone is the first of many developer milestones on the path to Firefox 2," Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla, said in a statement. "We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download Alpha 1, as it is intended for testing purposes only."

The final release of Firefox 2.0 is expected in the third quarter of this year. Its debut would come roughly two years after Firefox 1.0 was released in November 2004 amid much fanfare.