Over the last year, Firefox has been pushed around, bashed and ridiculed for its losing market share, crispness and fans. However, Mozilla released one Firefox version after another, without deviating from their original plan. Finally, we are at the end of 2011, and in this version-number rat race, Firefox went from version 4 to version 7, as laid out in the plan for the Firefox 2011 roadmap. However, what excites me is that Mozilla has gone an extra mile, ahead of the roadmap and has released Firefox version 9, just before Christmas! Firefox 9 is crisp, smooth and has a better user-interaction. It is the perfect gift from the Mozilla Firefox team to all Firefox fans.
- 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
With a rapid release and development cycle, Firefox has come a long way from being sluggish. For more details on the new features, take a look at the Firefox Version 9 changelog. The download page for Firefox will be updated with Firefox 9 tomorrow, but you can grab it ahead of the release, for Windows, Linux and Mac.