Mozilla will be releasing the latest version of its popular web browser, Firefox 4, anytime soon.
Currently on Beta 5, Firefox 4 comes with great features and performance improvements which ultimately can compete with MS Internet Explorer 9.
And talking about Microsoft, Mozilla will include Bing on the general search option beside the URL box of the browser.
Google remains the most popular general search and it will remain as the default search option, unless you change it. We will also continue to include Yahoo! as the second option for general search. Yahoo! has a loyal following and continues to provide a differentiated user experience, even as it integrates the Bing engine for its algorithmic search results. Bing itself offers a user experience that we think users will find valuable, and with its significant rise in popularity over the last year, we will also be including Bing as a general search option for English language users.
In the older versions of Firefox, search option does not include Bing; only Google, Yahoo, Amazon.com, Answers.com, Creative Commons, eBay, and Wikipedia. However, on Firefox 4- Answers.com and Creative Commons will be removed permanently.
Answers.com is a good service but we have found and we have heard from our users that Wikipedia is more useful as an included reference search engine. The Creative Commons search engine has changed over the years from one focused on locating CC licensed materials to one focused on providing a general search from Google, Yahoo! and others.
Though Mozilla is doing this for a better user experience, it could be an advantage for Microsoft in increasing Bing user base as well. [via Mozilla Blog]