Firefox 4 Will Push Edges of Browser Definition

Mozilla Lab’s push is to blur the edges of the browser, to make it both more tightly integrated with the computer it’s running on, and also more hooked into Web services. So extended, the browser becomes an even more powerful and pervasive platform for all kinds of applications. Chris Beard, VP of Labs for Mozilla, wants the new online/offline, browser/service to be more intelligent on behalf of its users. Early examples of this intelligence include the awesome bar, which is what Mozilla calls the new smart address bar in Firefox 3. It offers users smart URL suggestions as they type based on Web searches and their prior Web browsing history. He’s looking to extend on this with a linguistic user interface that lets users type plain English commands into the browser bar — via Slashdot

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