A second beta release of Firefox 3.1 is on the starting blocks, with the publication of an almost ready version of the latest edition of the open source browser due in days. A third beta is expected before Mozilla ships a final version of the software next year.
As Firefox 3.1 approaches the horizon, version 2 of the browser heads for the knackers' yard.
Laggards still running Firefox 2.x will be prompted to upgrade to version 3. One further upgrade from the current version, Firefox 184.108.40.206, to 220.127.116.11 is due before the funeral march sounds. The final update to Firefox 2.x will remove built-in anti-phishing features, which rely on now obsolete code. Anti-phishing features in both Firefox 2.x and 3,x come from Google, the firm that's also Mozilla's main source of income. ®