Mozilla to issue frequent, small feature changes, drops Firefox 3.7

By on January 18, 2010, 7:02 AM
Update: Firefox 3.6 Release Candidate 2 is out. With this you can be sure we will have the new milestone finalized before the end of the month. In the meantime, developers have also had their fair share of notice among the delays to get add-ons ready for the next installment, usually the number one reason for not upgrading immediately.

Modifying its development strategy, Mozilla will drop Firefox 3.7, and plans to issue incremental feature changes along with security updates every four to six weeks. Version 3.6 is still coming by the end of January, and Mozilla made the first RC build available last week.

The decision came from working on Firefox 3.6. "We learned an awful lot about what slows down our schedule, and that will help us plan for future releases," said Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox. One of the first additions planned after 3.6 is the separation of plug-in processes from the browser (not Electrolysis in its entirety), and there is a focus on Adobe Flash because it is responsible for more Firefox crashes than any other plug-in.

This approach will be "a huge advantage to users" as they will receive useful additions more frequently, and Mozilla can bypass the time-consuming beta cycles that come with larger releases. Not everything will trickle out in a security update, though, with changes such as the interface revamp for Windows Vista and 7 still requiring beta testing.

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Rapidhic said:

I think the firefox community is still alive because of its addons.. I am totally dissapointed by firefox.. But it seems they want to make a change!

dividebyzero dividebyzero, trainee n00b, said:

"I'm proud of how we challenged ourselves," said Beltzner, referring to the quick-strike schedule that Mozilla plotted out for Firefox 3.6, but didn't meet."

That sure is some world class spin right there, yes indeedy.

Looking forward to the next iteration of Firefox's roadmap next month, and the month after that...

tengeta tengeta said:

Security needs are increasing with Firefox, its becoming mainstream and its got a bullseye on their transition users that start using it and download malicious add-ons.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

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Guest said:

No se. No hablo espanol.

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Vickeych said:

I wholly stand for Mozilla Firefox Browser forever.

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