Mozilla release Alpha version of Firefox 3.1
Code-named “Shiretoko,” named for a national park on Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido, Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 was delayed several days because of a last-minute bug found in the Mac OS X version.
Firefox 3.1 Alpha 1 includes some, but not all, of the features Mozilla hopes to add to the update as work continues. Among the noticeable changes: several improvements to the address bar, which Mozilla dubs the “Smart Location Bar” in recognition of the search enhancements it received in Firefox 3.0; and changes to tab-switching.
Pressing Ctrl-Tab in Alpha 1 switches between current and last-viewed tabs rather than simply moving to the next tab to the right.