After a host of test releases and one false start, a new version of the Firefox browser will be ready on Tuesday, according to a media alert issued by the Mozilla Foundation this week.
New features in Firefox 1.5 include a better system for updating software, faster navigation using the "Back" and "Forward" tabs and a redesigned Options/Preferences window that increases the number of category icons and moves them from the left side of the window to the top.
In addition, the Firefox update adds better pop-up blocking and a host of security enhancements, according to Mozilla. Other new features include the addition of Answers.com to Firefox's list of search engines and a Clear Private Data function that allows users to quickly remove personal data through a menu item or keyboard shortcut.
Firefox, which celebrated its one-year anniversary November 9, has become a popular alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. Last month, downloads of Firefox topped 100 million.