Firefox 4 development team is way behind its scheduled date and it keeps on delaying day by day as well. It has been more than a month since Mozilla delivered the last development milestone i.e Beta 7 of Firefox 4.0.
Even Mozilla’s open source browser vendor had promised that with Firefox 4.0 Beta 7 we will be feature freeze, the remaining Beta releases would be nothing more than routine testing Builds which would not take as much to put together.
But it still appears to us that Mozilla team is still continuing development process and continuing to fix lot of bugs in pocket. And it has been hit again.
Firefox 4 Beta 8 was planned to be released on first week of December and now they officially told it will be released on December 21.
Last night Mozilla team tried to build Beta 8 and quickly found an issue with localization repacks. The issue does not affect en-US builds. Corrected localization repacks will be generated and posted later today to unblock localized testing.
After finding this issue team modified its scheduled release date to December 21. If QA finds an issue we will address it quickly and attempt to maintain the above schedule. Of course, there is always the possibility of day-for-day slip depending on issue details.
Early adopters can grab the Firefox 4.0 Beta 8 Candidate bits from Mozilla’s FTP servers and test drive the release to get an idea of what’s coming in the Beta. But keep in mind that this is not the fully fledged Beta 8 of Firefox 4.0.
Fennec 4.0 Beta 3
Well for short note, Firefox 4 mobile beta 3 is currently tracking to the same schedule and an updated Firefox Home has been submitted to the Apple app store.
Firefox 4.0 Future!
Well it’s already more than one month where Mozilla team had scheduled to release Firefox 4.0 on November. The open source browser vendor still has to deliver at least two additional Betas of Firefox 4.0 until it will move to the Release Candidate development stage.
In this regards, it’s very clear that Firefox 4.0 first RC will be scheduled in end of January 2011(just a guess). This will surely keep them on back hand in browsers war as Google Chrome and Opera are getting ready for next big release.
Please share your thoughts on this regards and let others get updated about Firefox 4.0