Mozilla's latest browser, Firefox 3.6 beta 1, is now available for download according to an official announcement on Friday by Mike Beltzner, Mozilla's director for Firefox.

The new browser version is bundled with the under-listed features according to the report:
Ability to drag and drop files from the system to the browser: useful for uploading files to Web sites.
Extended support for geolocation technology - which provides a Web site with an approximate physical address of the user.
Quick Web-based JavaScript programs for better browser responsiveness, and faster start-up time.
Full Screen view support for the HTML5 'video' tag.

Though earlier upgrades were saddled with compatibility issues on add-on that extend Firefox's features; the new browser version makes some changes. Mozilla has also listed full list of Firefox changes for developers with more details.

Analysts forecasts has it that plans are underway for the release of the final version by the end of the year, with Firefox 3.7 in the first half of 2010 and Firefox 4.0 expected next year.

Mozilla Browser: Firefox 3.6 Beta Available For Download

Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows 7, was highly extolled in the Thursday Launch party at New York. The new OS took center stage as it was formally unveiled to the world.

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, was fast to point-out the unique features of the Ace OS - as comprising all things that Vista is not: Windows Vista being the failed version, mainly because of its intrusive security features, heavy horsepower requirements, and incompatibility with many older versions of software programs.

Microsoft added to some versions of Windows 7 an 'XP mode' that emulates Vista's predecessor, to boosts its compatibility with other programs.

Basic support for new input modes, such as touch-screen computing, was also added to Windows 7, according to the report. Ballmer stated that Microsoft engineers took into considerations the emotional, technical, and visual attributes the software required to succeed. Ballmer noted that there isn't just one killer feature, but rather many things that appeal to different users.

Windows 7 Features Extolled Amidst Launch

New service tagged Plugin Check, was announced by Mozilla on Tuesday to help Firefox users to track updates on select popular browsers plugin. Plugin Check takes the platform of Web page that displays information about plugin updates of visitors' browser plugins.

The service is purported to be in-built in the Firefox 3.6, slated for release November - and tracks a limited number of 15 plugins, though additional coverage is planned. When visiting a Web page with Firefox 3.6, users will be notified of recent updates in the plugins used by the site.

The launched came on the heel of Mozilla claims that 30% of all Firefox crashes came from third-party plugins, and subsequently called on Firefox users to update outdated versions of Adobe Flash. According to Mozilla, 99% of Firefox users have Flash installed and about 75% of those installations not updated. Adobe's Flash software, as well as its Acrobat and Acrobat Reader software, is top on major stability problems due to old version plugins and frequently targeted by cyber-criminals.

Plugin Check For Firefox Launched

Sharing docs between users may not be new in Google Docs, but sharing folders - a feature Google discreetly added to Docs back in July, 2007, had largely been left off the big picture. However, Google Docs on Monday announced that users are now able to share entire folders of documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with other users of the service.

It's an easy way to start working on a document, then share it with a selected group of individuals without having to remember to invite them in the first place. The advantage being that the permissions settings for a shared folder controls the individual file permissions for all the documents.

The Docs up-loader now lets users pick multiple files from their hard drive. The new process makes it much easier for new users to move entire folders into Google's cloud. Instead of picking one file at a time, the new upload page lets you choose multiple files and upload them simultaneously.

Google Docs Feature Folder Live Sharing

Microsoft, in a blog post on Thursday stated that the starter version of Office will be part of the Office 2010 family, slated for release next year, and will be made available only on new PCs. The starter version of Office will have limited features, mainly Excel and Word, according to the post. Microsoft has announced plans for several new ways to obtain the software, including an ad-supported "Starter" edition that can come loaded on new PCs.

Office Starter will have full file compatibility with Office as well as features like the 'Ribbon' user interface, as seen as a replacement for Words. Microsoft corporate vice president, Takeshi Numoto, albeit, stated in an interview on Thursday that it is not a mere renaming of Works. It is an Office product.

However, analysts Perceive Microsoft move as trying several ideas to better compete with free rivals such as Google Docs.

Microsoft Office 2010, will also offer a free, ad-supported version of Office that runs in a Web browser. Microsoft had also experimented with a free, ad-supported version of Works in recent years.

'Starter' Version Of Office In View

Xoopit, an online aggregator of media files, whose services were once available for Gmail users is to be discontinued. Yahoo acquired the company late July, and on Friday noted to users of Xoopit that the Gmail integration of its service would soon be disintegrated.

According to the note, the company says one of the main reasons for the shutdown of Gmail accessibility to the service is to enable the team focus on making a better version of its product for Yahoo Mail.
However, Xoopit users have until November 13 to grab any media from Yahoo's servers, after which it will no longer be available. Yahoo will continue to hold on to all users' data until next year February to comply with its 90-day data retention policy.

Yahoo is also discontinuing its Firefox add-on and facebook integration for Gmail - a browser add-on that let users view attachments in their Gmail accounts as a file explorer-functionality that has since been replaced by some of Google's Gmail Labs add-on.

Xoopit Integration With Gmail Ends