Major Update

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 24, 2006 (AFP) – Mozilla on Tuesday released a new version of its Firefox web browser that has gained popularity as a free alternative to Microsoft’s ubiquitous Internet Explorer software. In the two years since its release by the nonprofit Mozilla Foundation, the Firefox browser has won millions of devotees worldwide.

The Firefox Two browser made available for download on Tuesday was heralded by the Mountain View, California, organization as a “major update” developed by an “an international community of contributors.”

“Firefox 2 delivers the best possible online experience for people today,” said Mozilla chief executive Mitchell Baker.

“The improvements Mozilla has made to the ease of use, performance, and security in Firefox 2 reflect our ongoing, singular focus on meeting the needs of Web users all over the world.”

Localized versions of the browser were available in 35 languages and tailored to work with Windows, Macintosh or Linux computer operating systems, according to Mozilla.

The browsers could be downloaded at the website www.getfirefox.com.

Firefox has 11 percent of the web browser market, compared to the 86 percent commanded by Internet Explorer and one