Mozilla to speed up Firefox development, Firefox 5 in June?

By on March 20, 2011
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Mozilla will now aim to release a new version every 16 weeks.

After a year of developing Firefox 4, too slow by any standards, Mozilla is readying itself to pick up speed and, according to their revamp plan, aims to release a new version at least every 16 weeks.

According to the document posted by Mozilla’s Rob Sayre, new features will be included in the nightly build, before moving to the experimental stage after 6 weeks. The beta phase will begin after 11 weeks and transit into the final stage at the 16th week.

Like Chrome, Mozilla will also make available three different versions of its browser – developer, beta and final – all of which will have different version numbers. For example, Google Chrome has stage build at v10, a developer build v11 and a nightly build at v12.

If the new working model is applied, it could see Firefox 5 release sometime end of June. However, the model is still a draft with no word on when it will be applied.

There is no doubt that this will benefit not only Firefox users but Mozilla as well, as it will bring it up to speed with the likes of Google Chrome and Opera who regularly churn out preview and beta builds to test new features and improvements.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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