Mozilla is gearing towards releasing Firefox 3.6 to the masses. A beta version of Firefox 3.6 is already available for download. If you want to know the new features, you can always read our Firefox 3.6 hands-on review.
However, end users will have to wait a couple of months, before they can actually start using Firefox 3.6. According to the latest release schedule, Firefox 3.6 RC1 is expected to be released at the end of November, with the final version slated for mid-December.
Firefox 3.6 is no doubt faster than the earlier versions, however, it still lacks several features which other browsers including Google Chrome and IE8 already have. For example, there is still no sign of the no-restart add-ons and themes installation. Of course you can always change personas, which is pre-loaded in Firefox 3.6, without restarts, but they are technically not themes.
In addition to that, Firefox 3.6 does not have support for Windows 7 JumpLists yet, although there is support for the superbar. While having a conversation on twitter, @leematthews pointed me to the fact that Firefox 3.7 Minefield has support for JumpLists, however, it is slated to be released in Spring of 2010. Just imagine the development and progress other browsers will make by then.
Another annoying fact is that neither Firefox 3.6 or Firefox 3.7 Minefield have support for multiple processes. Browsers like Chrome and IE8 already have support for this in stable versions. Multiple processes allow browsers to isolate multiple tabs, this in turn will help end users to just kill the problematic tab instead of the entire browser crashing.
Firefox 3.6 is no doubt better than 3.5, but such lack of features make me think as to whether Mozilla is really putting their efforts in adding the right features to the browser. What do you think? Would you want to have JumpLists, no-restart add-ons and theme installation and separate processes for tabs? Or, would you just settle for a faster version with some enhance GUI changes?