Mozilla Aims for March 22 to Deliver Firefox 4

by Sam Dean - Mar. 16, 2011Comments (0)

After numerous delays, Mozilla appears to be ramping up to deliver Firefox 4--a major update to the browser--on March 22, although it is still possible that existing bugs in the Release Candidate could delay plans further. The Release Candidate arrived last week, and is very stable. Now, Mozilla's Damon Sicore, has posted on the Mozilla.dev.planning site that "it's time to make a decision to ship." Especially since Mozilla is planning on a rapid release cycle for several new versions of Firefox this year, it is indeed time to finalize Firefox 4.

According to Sicore's post:

"Firefox 4 RC1 has received a very warm welcome; it's time to make a decision to ship.  As of now, there are no known issues that would stop us from shipping RC1 as final.  At the conclusion of our regular 11:30AM triage session on Wednesday, March 16th, release drivers will decide whether to ship RC1 as Firefox 4. March 22nd is the day we would ship.  Both IT and Marketing have indicated that March 22nd is an acceptable final launch date.  If at any time we discover issues that would block final release, we would issue an RC2 as soon as possible, reset the ship date, and communicate to everyone."

As we've noted, both Firefox 4 and Google Chrome stand to pose major challenges to Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, which arrived in a new version 9 this week. While Internet Explorer still has the most market share in the browser space, its share has been steadily dwindling.

In a roadmap for Firefox posted earlier this year, "Ship Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the 2011 calendar year," appears as a prominent goal for Mozilla. Without a doubt, Mozilla is responding to Google, which seems to update the Chrome browser about every two months. If Mozilla keeps to a schedule of delivering four major new versions of its browser this year, that will mark a major change in its traditionally slow release cycle, and will likely make Firefox's competition with Google Chrome even more closely fought.

 

 



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