Monday, February 7, 2011

Mozilla Hopes To Release Firefox 4, 5, 6 And 7 Within 2011

firefox4Waiting for Firefox 4? How about Firefox 7?

The sharp-eyed guys at Softpedia have espied upon a roadmap that Mozilla have put up on their website that essentially says that the open source foundation will release no less than 4 new versions of Firefox, version 4 through 7, by the end of this year. Pass the salt shaker please?

The roadmap is broken down into 7 main bullet points:

  1. Ship Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the 2011 calendar year
  2. Always respond to a user action within 50 ms
  3. Never lose user data or state
  4. Build Web Apps, Identity and Social into the Open Web Platform
  5. Support new operating systems and hardware
  6. Polish the user experience for common interaction tasks
  7. Plan and architect for a future of a common platform on which the desktop and mobile products will be built and run Web Apps

The first one is highly doubtable, the rest looks all good.

Mozilla has even drawn out which Firefox version will get what features. Firefox 5 will get an Account Manager, web sharing features and animations in the user interface. There will also be a 64-bit edition for Windows. Firefox 6 will focus on web applications, aim for a faster cache, support for OS X 10.7 and work on JavaScript optimization. For Firefox 7, the roadmap is still blurry. Something called e10s and deXBLification. Whatever that means, it sounds awesome.

Aside from those clear cut goals, the developers will be always be working on achieving stability, responsiveness and a polished interface.

Regarding acceleration of the release cycle, Mozilla says:

To ship smaller bundles of technology more quickly will require us to take a hard look at our existing systems and re-evaluate some of the assumptions we take as immutable.

For those who are not aware or those who have forgotten, Firefox 4 has been under development for the last 8 months during which no less than 11 betas were released.

Ridicule aside, I think it is good sign that Mozilla is getting their act together and aiming for a somewhat (for now, at least) an unattainable goal. Like some wise guy had said, “Aim for the moon and you will reach the treetops. Aim for the treetops and you will never get off the ground”.

Mozilla is going for the moon.

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