Version 7 of Firefox Alpha 3 hits the scene

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Version 7 of Firefox Alpha 3 hits the scene

Mountain View (CA) – After a slightly sluggish delay, the latest preview build of Mozilla’s next-gen browser is open to the public.

Expectedly, much of the update is technical in nature, adding things like cross-site XMLHttpRequest support.  The big graphical change is the addition of backend support for full-page zoom.  Also new is an extension for browser history from nine days to 180.

Other notes on the technical side include support for SVG lighting/tile filters and color management, and new XUL menus.

Firefox 3 Alpha 7 was originally planned for a late July release but was pushed back slightly due to development problems.  The next alpha is expected to be available on September 18.