Mozilla Firefox 4 due for release this February, another Beta version possible

By on Jan 14, 2011 in Internet, Software, Technology Comments

Updated: February 10, 2011 12:24 a.m.

Read Mozilla Firefox 4 Beta 11 now available for download, ‘Do Not Track’ option included

Mozilla Firefox 4 is due to for release this coming February, according to Mozilla senior director of platform engineering, Damon Sicore, who also asked support from his group to finish it with high quality.

In a post by Sicore himself at Google Groups recently, he revealed that Firefox 4 is set for final shipping before the end of February, and the hard blockers may be completed early next month.

“I’m seeing the same burst of excitement and activity that we’ve seen in the endgame of every release. Over the past several days, component leads have again reduced their blockers by identifying hard blockers and those we can live without.” Damon Sicore said.

“We’ve around 160 hard blockers remaining, and historically it has taken us six weeks to reach RC once we have 100 blockers left. We must press hard now.” He added, as Firefox 4 Beta was made available to Android phones and Maemo in October last year.

But for the meantime, Damon admitted that the bug counts demand another beta as the beta bugs to be rolled down to zero, and will depend on how quickly they can drive down the list of hard blockers that need beta feedback, which is their top priority.

The software developer also urged his staff to do their best to help in the testing, and specifically instructed not to disable Flash, Silverlight, or other major plugins needed for testing.

Meanwhile, PC World noted that among the key features to be included in the Firefox 4 release are the much faster speeds obtained by using the JagerMonkey JavaScript engine, the ‘Do not track’ capabilities, and will be easier to use.

Earlier reports revealed that Firefox has been number one in Europe; and ranked second worldwide according to StatCounter, apparently behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.

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