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08 February 2011, 11:51

Four more major Firefox releases in 2011

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Firefox Logo The Mozilla Foundation has updated the roadmap for its Firefox browser. It plans to release Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 in 2011 – an ambitious goal, with Firefox 4 already more than six months in development and having had its release date put back.

The Firefox development community appears to be reacting to increased competition from Chrome. Google has kept up a rapid tempo for new versions, having recently released version 9. The roadmap concedes that if it wants to achieve a more rapid release rate, Mozilla is going to have to improve its internal organisation, for example by, improving add-on compatibility.

Among the requirements to make the browser more competitive in the market, it will need to react faster to user actions; the roadmap sets a target of 50 ms to respond to a user action. Milestones for particular future versions include a new account manager and 64-bit Windows support in Firefox 5. For Firefox 6, there will be a focus on web applications along with improvements in caching, JavaScript optimisations and Mac OS X 10.7 support.

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