Mozilla Reportedly Not Concerned About IT Distrust of New Firefox Releases

by Sam Dean - Jun. 27, 2011Comments (3)

Last week, we took note of the fact that some enterprises are balking at Mozilla's newly introduced rapid release cycle for the Firefox browser. For years, Mozilla pursued a slow release cycle with its browser, and Google Chrome, over its life, has had far more significant upgrades than Firefox has had, even though Firefox is much older. Mozilla announced its intent to pursue a new rapid release cycle early this year. Not everyone is happy with the speed of the releases, though, and enterprise IT administrators may be among the most unhappy observers. Mozilla isn't as concerned about this issue as some reports have claimed.

It's easy for consumers to forget that businesses have much more stringent requirements for accepting new applications of all sorts, including browsers, into mainstream use. InfoWorld reported that many enterprise IT administrators find the quick release of Firefox version 5 to be an annoyance:

"Some corporate IT managers are unhappy with Mozilla's decision to push out new editions of Firefox every six weeks with its new rapid-release program. Their beefs center around the retirement of Firefox 4 from security support -- a move Mozilla decided on this spring when it kicked off its fast-paced regime -- and their inability to test any new version before the next comes down the pike."

Still, consumers appear to be relatively happy with Firefox 5, and Mozilla's Asa Dotzler is quoted on ExtremeTech playing down the controversy over IT distrust of new Firefox releases:

"While IT professionals like Mike Kaply are left biting their nails, Mozilla’s Asa Dotzler says they shouldn’t expect Mozilla to share their concern. Dotzler states that Firefox’s 2 million-plus consumer downloads are Mozilla’s focus, not the comparatively small number of enterprise installs."

This is a questionable route for Mozilla to take. Yes, the brand new releases of Firefox don't represent the lion's share of installs in enterprises, but Firefox has gained many business users over the past several years, and there needs to be a way for IT administrators to gain trust in new versions of Firefox if it is to compete effectively with Internet Explorer.

So far it appears that Firefox 5 isn't presenting as many problems as Firefox 4 did upon its release. That may signal that Mozilla is adjusting to the challenge of rapid releases for its browser, but it's going to be essential for the company to find a way to appease the concerns of IT administrators going forward.
 



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3 Comments
 

Just took a look at product roadmap of Firefox and is laughable..


https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Roadmap#Product_Roadmap


Firefox 5

TBD

TBD

TBD

...anything that improves responsiveness and is ready

...anything that improves stability and is ready

...anything that polishes the user interface and is ready

...anything else serving product priorities and is ready

Firefox 6

TBD

TBD

TBD

...anything that improves responsiveness and is ready

...anything that improves stability and is ready

...anything that polishes the user interface and is ready

...anything else serving product priorities and is ready

Firefox 7

TBD

TBD

TBD

...anything that improves responsiveness and is ready

...anything that improves stability and is ready

...anything that polishes the user interface and is ready

...anything else serving product priorities and is ready


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Terrible article and biased. It's like you're writing from Microsoft PR.


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Nothing new there, Sam Dean the Chrome fanboy has been bashing Firefox a lot lately, even posting the lies about problems in Firefox 4.


http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2011/06/28/firefox-in-the-enterprise/


"We are exploring solutions that balance these needs, with active discussion in our community, including valuable input from IBM. Open Source software is well-suited to these challenges, as interested parties can come together to build what is needed."


Asa Dotzler does not speak for all of Mozilla.


As for Sisora, your link is way out of date.


https://wiki.mozilla.org/Features/Release_Tracking


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