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29 December 2009, 13:52

Mozilla Foundation delays future Firefoxes

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Firefox 3.6, which had been expected by the end of the year, has been delayed with a release now expected in the "first quarter of 2010". The news comes from the Mozilla Wiki where "Ship Firefox 3.6" has now been carried over as a goal for the first three months of 2010. This change has triggered a slight ripple through the foundation's roadmap and Mozilla meeting notes now place the release of Firefox 4 in "late 2010 or early 2011".

Firefox 3.6, codenamed Namaroka, is a minor upgrade to the Mozilla browser, of which beta 5 is the most recent development release. Firefox 3.6 will feature lightweight themes (Personas), the ability to run asynchronous JavaScript, alerts for out-of-date plugins, support for the WOFF font format and updates to enable new CSS, DOM and HTML5 technologies.

Firefox 4.0 will incorporate the Mozilla Electrolysis project which is creating a process separation model for the UI, web content and plugins for Firefox; this will see each page running in its own process. The use of a process separation model for browsers, pioneered by Google's Chrome, gives a more robust browser by isolating crashes. Firefox 4.0 is also expected to include suport for multitouch interfaces and incorporate Mozilla's Weave project for synchronising bookmarks, history and passwords in the cloud and between browsers.


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