Well, finally Firefox 4 is here! Hope you all downloaded the latest browser by Mozilla which seems to be best ever browser made by them. Do you agree with me?
Many of you know that Firefox 4 download count on day 1 was almost twice the count of IE9’s day 1 downloads which clearly says Firefox is back on browsers war and already giving a tough competition to Internet explorer 9.
We know that is old news now and every one of you would have come know about it! But, at the time of writing this article Firefox 4.0 was downloaded more than 22 million times and no signs of slowing down browser’s momentum(at least for now!).
Tech Link: Have a look at Firefox 4 Download Count!
Who is after Firefox 4?
Many of you would have thought after Fx4 Mozilla will start with Firefox 5. But Mozilla has some other release plan in between them!
Discussion held on March 18, 2011, Mozilla’s Christian Legnitto said,
There has been some discussion and uneasiness about the point release plan between Firefox 4 and Firefox 5. Yes, there will be at least one Firefox 4.x release.
Well Mozilla has already reserved 16 weeks for releasing Firefox 5. Now why Firefox 4.x release? This version mainly includes the fixes for bugs found during Firefox 4 release.
From now on to reduce version confusion and be explicitly clear the updates Firefox development will be referred to by codenames. Additionally, the update order maps to codename alphabetical order so you can easily see which comes first just by looking at the codename.
There will be mainly two updates between Firefox 4 and Firefox 5. These are names as Anteater and Macaw.
Taste the next version – Firefox 4.2!
Well just three days after the release of Firefox 4, Mozilla has already released the next version of Firefox in nightly builds. This version is named as Firefox 4.2.
As said before, “x” has been replaced by 2 in Firefox 4.x!
But maybe there will be another preceding version 4.0.x before Firefox 4.2 which is codenamed as Anteater!
As far now, it appears that only after it will deliver Firefox 4.0.x and Firefox 4.2, Mozilla will move forward and produce Firefox 5.0.
Early adopters can download Alpha version of Firefox 4.2 here. But be careful as this version may have many security glitches and may bite you 😛