Firefox Planning to go on Steroids, Versions 4, 5, 6 and 7 Coming in 2011

After seeing a sluggish development and embarrassing speed improvements over time, Firefox has finally set its biggest overhaul plan ever, this time. This 2011, Firefox is planning to go right from version 3 to 7.


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The entire roadmap of Firefox for 2011 has been laid out and it stands as,

  • Ship Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 in the 2011 calendar year
  • Always respond to a user action within 50 ms
  • Never lose user data or state
  • Build Web Apps, Identity and Social into the Open Web Platform
  • Support new operating systems and hardware
  • Polish the user experience for common interaction tasks
  • Plan and architect for a future of a common platform on which the desktop and mobile products will be built and run Web Apps

The disgustingly slow speed on Firefox has led many users to move to better alternatives like Chrome and Opera. This problem will be resolved with the 50 ms response time.

Apart from this, other features like saving of sessions and states will prevent users from losing important work. With the recent beta of Firefox 4, Android support has also improved drastically.

The sole reason for users to stick to Firefox was the support for add-ons. Now that has been incorporated into both Google Chrome and Opera, Firefox is losing users gradually. In short, users have no reason to stick to Firefox as most other browsers offer what it has to offer. However, what is disturbing, is that users do have a definite reason not to use Firefox anymore, as it is slower than both Chrome and Opera.

The roadmap is only as far as paperwork goes. We expect the developers to follow the roadmap too, and get back a significant number of users Firefox lost to its competitors over time.

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Chinmoy Kanjilal

Chinmoy Kanjilal is a FOSS enthusiast and evangelist. He is passionate about Android. Security exploits turn him on and he loves to tinker with computer networks. You can connect with him on Twitter @ckandroid.

  • Daniel

    Firefox slower than Opera and Chrome you say?

    Which versions?

    Anyway, I’m not ready to make Opera (still incompatible with many websites) nor Chrome (still disorganized with regards to extensions and themes; two themes sections! go figure!) drive out my Firefox 4!

    • Well, if that was not true, they would not focus on the 50 ms speed. Opera is not incompatible with websites, actually it is the other way around. About Chrome, look at the speed. Some glitches in extension support does not matter after that. And above all, there is the great sandbox of Chrome. Nothing can beat that.

    • Anon

      I’m not sure how they can claim Chrome is faster than Firefox. The latest stable version of Chrome is slower than FF 3.6x

      50ms response is kinda fail. Opera already has much faster response than that. Since Opera’s support of extensions, I’m expecting the browser’s web share to overtake Chrome pretty fast. It probably won’t, because of google’s mass advertising, and the fact that the average people online are generally morons.

      Imagine a theoretical test. Erase everyone’s memories of web browsers. Introduce them to the major browsers. Wait 6 months to see what happens. Pretty much guaranteed Opera will have highest web share after that.