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Firefox 4 – Version Switches and News

Firefox 4 is Coming Soon!

Firefox 3.7 will soon become Firefox 4.  Now to help make some sense of this, let me break it down.  Right now the latest version of Firefox is 3.6.2.  Once Firefox 3.6.4 has been released, then Mozilla’s main development will switch to Firefox 4.  Everything that has been Firefox 3.7 since then will now be re-numbered to Firefox 4.

So right now, other than a new interface – what does Firefox 4 bring to the table?

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Help Design Firefox 4 Home Tab

Home Tab Design Challenge!

I know I have a lot of creative and opinionated readers here, so I thought this challenge would be right up your alley.  Last week, Mozilla Labs announced the Winter ‘09 Design Challenge.  What is at stake?  You might get to help design how Firefox 4’s home tab looks.

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Interface Tweaks for Firefox 4

A number of places are showing off some new design concepts for the Firefox 4 browser.  Now we have seen pitched some awesome Firefox 3.7 designs in the past, but it makes me wonder if the design phase for that is over, or if they are going to skip it to go directly to Firefox 4.

Not sure if I am digging the big orange button, but one would think it could be skinned over with a custom theme.  Are you excited about this new application button?

Firefox 3, Worth the Wait? What About Firefox 4?

So as you anticipate getting your hands on Firefox 3 tomorrow, do you think it will be worth the wait?  Due to memory issues and problems with multiple tabs Firefox 2 has kinda been the picked on step child of the Firefox releases.  Personally Firefox 2 never caused me any big issues, but for others it is a different issue.

Also, what comes next after Firefox 3?  Here is what Mike Shroepfer, Mozilla VP of Technology has had to say on Firefox 3.1 and Firefox 4:

There were a number of features that we held back from Firefox 3 because  they weren’t quite ready – but they were nearly complete.    These include things like XHR, native JSON DOM bindings, ongoing performance tuning,  awesomebar++, better system integration, etc.  This along with the overall quality of Gecko 1.9 as a basis for mobile and the desire to get new platform features out to web developers sooner has lead to us want to do a second release of Firefox this year.   This release would be date-driven and targeted at the end of 2008.   Any features not ready in time will move to the next major release.  This is currently planned to be based on Gecko 1.9.1 – but if there are solid technical reasons for breaking frozen APIs we will bump the version number to Mozilla2.

Firefox 4 will incorporate some of the more aggressive platform improvements in Mozilla2.   It is far too early to set a shipping date  but an initial target would be sometime in late 2009.  Mozilla2 work has been underway for > 8 months

One thing is for sure, it is a good time to be a Firefox fanatic.