Flock announces 2.0 Beta release

By Justin Mann on June 16, 2008, 4:21 PM
As Mozilla moves Firefox towards a 3.0 release, projects based around it are also in the process of updating. Flock, the “Social” web browser based upon Firefox technology, is capitalizing on this and has announced the release of the Flock 2.0 Beta. The beta has several enhancements over the current release of Flock, many of which are directly related to the technology update of its base.

They cite improvements such as quicker page rendering, reduced memory consumption and smoother execution of web apps, like Gmail. They also make mention of security improvements and an improved download manager and favorites manager. Not a terrible lot is changed from earlier versions of Flock itself, but at the very least users will be able to keep step with Firefox 3 users. You can read the full press release in the comments section.

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FLOCK RELEASES 2.0 BETA, BUILT ON CUTTING EDGE FIREFOX 3 TECHNOLOGY Social Web Browser Takes Advantage of Latest Performance and Security Improvements From Mozilla REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 16, 2008 – Flock (www.flock.com), the innovative social Web browser that helps its users connect, share and discover the best of the modern Web, today announced that the Flock 2.0 Beta, built on the latest Firefox 3 technology, is now available for early trials. “Flock is thrilled to announce the Flock 2.0 beta. Thousands of global developers and contributors have made Mozilla's open source technology the best in the world,” said Shawn Hardin, CEO of Flock. “Now our users can experience the best of both worlds with all of the performance and security improvements of Firefox 3, combined with Flock’s unique social browsing experience.” Flock 2.0 includes all of the enhanced browsing capabilities that have been widely recognized with numerous awards, including the 2008 Webby for Social Networking and as #6 on PC World’s 100 Best Products list of 2008. Flock’s powerful features include easier connecting, sharing, discovering and publishing, plus all of the latest performance, security, and UI enhancements from FireFox 3. Highlights include: * Improved Performance: o Faster page rendering with new and improved Gecko 1.9 Web rendering engine o Reduced memory footprint over the duration of browsing sessions o Complex web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office run twice as fast -more- * Security Improvements o Site security is validated within the address bar o Malware detection and blocking functionality has been added with visible alerts o Improved Password Manager reduces the amount of memory required * User Interface Feature Enhancements: o New Location bar auto-completes based on user history and favorites o New Favorites Manager combines favorites, tags and browsing history o New Download Manager allows users to resume downloads after re-start Flock 2.0 Beta is now available for free download at [url]http://www.flock.com/beta/download.[/url] About FlockFlock is the first and only social Web browser that helps users connect, share and discover the best of the modern Web. Flock delivers a more personal Web experience, where users are in control and more connected to what they value. In 2008, Flock received the Webby Award for social networking, the SXSW Community Award and was listed #6 in PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2008. Built on Mozilla’s constantly improving Firefox architecture (http://www.flock.com/mozilla) Flock is free to download and use at [url]http://www.flock.com.[/url] Founded in 2005, Flock is based in Redwood City, Calif. and has an office in Victoria, British Columbia.
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