Inside Firefox 3's Latest Beta Update, Part 2

"One of our developers calls this the 'awesome bar.' It brings the concept of search to your browser directly now. If you start typing it will go ahead and search through all the Web sites you've visited and bookmarked and try to figure out what Web site you're trying to go see," said Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla.

Mozilla has been working diligently toward the upcoming final launch of Firefox Version 3.0. With the recent release of the browser's third beta edition, the company's engineers have wrapped up the major challenges and are focused on incremental changes. Now they're working at tweaking the browser in response to feedback from testers.

Part 1 of this series discusses security and usability. In this part, we look at newly added personalization features and improvements in the browser's performance.