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Firefox Updates Roadmap, Firefox 7 due on 2011

Taking new challenges in the competitive browser market, it seems that Firefox is playing catch up with version numbers much like Google Chrome.

\"Firefox\"Taking new challenges in the competitive browser market, it seems that Firefox is playing catch up with version numbers much like Google Chrome. The new schedule is very ambitious because drafted roadmap indicates that Firefox 7 should be released before the end of 2011.

Here is the summary of the Firefox roadmap:

  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

We know that it is still a draft so things might change but it is not impossible to make this plan successful. Project managers, designers and developers have done it with Google Chrome so if the folks in Mozilla adopted the same approach, priorities should fall on the right place.

The proposed objects in 2011 span across different modules, components and project levels. It includes Firefox front-end, web platform, Gecko platform development, Javascript, customizations, developer tools, distribution support and branding. It seems that there is so many things to be fixed or added in the up-coming version of Firefox but the biggest challenge so far is how the Firefox team will build and ship faster?

As hinted at the footer, \”TODO: Process change suggestions (w/Shaver)\”. Mozilla needs to change some process in order to hasten the development without affecting the quality of their releases.

Let\’s hope that this is the beginning of more great things to come in Firefox.

By Marck V.

Filipino IT consultant on enterprise software. On his spare time he do web project management, photography and blogging. Web 2.0 enthusiast.