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Mozilla Releases Final 1.7 Suite

The new version includes support for Palm synchronization of the e-mail client's address book, an improved interface in the Chatzilla IRC chat client, and better handling of Web site dynamic style changes.
The Mozilla Foundation has posted the final release of Mozilla 1.7, its free flagship open-source suite that includes a browser, e-mail client, and chat tool.

The suite, which has been through several testing stages this year, boasts pop-up advertisement blocking and is 7-9 percent faster than the previous release, 1.6. Other improvements include support for Palm synchronization of the e-mail client's address book, an improved interface in the Chatzilla IRC chat client, and better handling of Web site dynamic style changes.

For companies using Microsoft products, the suite's browser now supports Kerberos HTTP authentication and the e-mail client works with the Secure Password Authentication method for POP3 and SMTP.

The improvements in the suite and its underlying technology will also find a home in other applications. America Online will base its summer release of its Netscape Navigator browser on Mozilla 1.7, and code from 1.7 is already being shared with the Foundation's stand-alone browser and e-mail client, Firefox and Thunderbird, respectively, both of which moved to new editions earlier this week.

Mozilla has already begun working on version 1.8 of the suite, and has posted a preview edition, dubbed 1.8 Alpha 1, for download.

Mozilla 1.7 can be downloaded from the Mozilla Web site in versions for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

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