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Mozilla Plans To Ship Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 & 7.0 By End Of 2011!

mozilla firefoxWell the breaking news for the day continues! Few of the breaking news have woken up people from their deep-sleep around the world and it is continuing!

Earlier in the day, we got a big shocker from AOL. AOL has acquired Huffington Post and continued to expand. And then sources said, TechCrunch will be renamed to HuffingtonCrunch. What is happening?

And here we get yet another shocker for you guys. Well this time it is from Mozilla.

There were days where browser developers used to take years to develop and release new version. All this got changed when Google said “Use a brand new Chrome for every 6 weeks from now!”

Google has kept its promise and releasing new version of Chrome browser once in every 6 weeks. Recently Google released Chrome 9 with some great features.

firefox 2011 plans priorities

Lets get back to actual post. Mozilla has now joined Google and planning to release Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 by the end of 2011. As far as compared to Firefox 4 development, Mozilla is planning to boost up their development cycle and going to accelerate from now.

Recent discussion about Mozilla’s plan for 2011 noted following point,

  1. Ship Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the 2011 calendar year
  2. Always respond to a user action within 50 ms
  3. Never lose user data or state
  4. Build Web Apps, Identity and Social into the Open Web Platform
  5. Support new operating systems and hardware
  6. Polish the user experience for common interaction tasks
  7. Plan and architect for a future of a common platform on which the desktop and mobile products will be built and run Web Apps

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Firefox 2011 Roadmap

Mozilla has not only set priorities for Firefox browser but also has plans for something more. Mozilla wants to have a web platform with Identity, Social and Apps!

Well the product priorities for 2011 goes like this,

  1. Ship our new technology to users in smaller bundles, more frequently
    1. Four technology shipment vehicles in 2011, including Firefox 4
    2. Achieve a regular cadence for shipping
  2. Develop a product that is responsive from “click to render”
    1. No more than 50ms delay between user action and application reaction
    2. Provide optimizations to hide network latency
    3. Obtain metrics from users in addition to our test infrastructure
  3. Expand the Open Web Platform to include Apps, Social and Identity
    1. Design and implement open systems for Identity and social interactions
    2. Design and implement Web Application Framework
    3. Implement missing pieces of CSS/HTML required for compelling Web Applications
  4. Never lose the user’s data or state
    1. Continue to improve stability
    2. Mitigate the cost of application failure
    3. Interact with cloud-based storage to allow users to “take it with them”
  5. Shine the primary UI until it gleams
    1. Determine and optimize top 5-10 user interaction flows (ie: search for restaurant)
    2. Improve tools for customization/restoration of old functionality so we can remove it from primary UI
    3. Improve user interface polish so that Firefox feels modern, graceful and elegant
  6. Support modern operating systems and platforms
    1. Windows 64-bit
    2. OSX 10.7
    3. Android 3.0
    4. ARM CPUs
  7. Plan for a future where Desktop, Mobile and Web Apps run on a common platform
    1. Need to design and architect towards this eventual outcome
    2. Implementation of this is not a priority

Huh! Mozilla has gone a great makeover to come up with this new plans.

Firefox 5 to get Account Manager, Simple Sharing UI, UI Animation, support to 64Bit Windows. Firefox 6.0 will deliver JavaScript optimizations, Web Applications and FasterCache. And Firefox 7.0 is yet to take form, but undoubtedly the project is still contouring.

Well Mozilla is going to push hard towards its plans. If it going to working like Firefox development in 2010, Mozilla will surely hit again and will loose more users to its competitors Chrome, IE and Opera!

Do you think Mozilla will work as planned here? Will they comeback to Browsers war again? Share your thoughts with us 😉

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