An aggressive release schedule for the next version of Firefox has been set by Mozilla, indicating that Firefox 5 is to come out on the 21st of June. Firefox 6 could be brought to the public just two months later if Mozilla keeps up with its schedule.
Nightly, Aurora, Beta, and Firefox being the series of versions that new features have to go through, Firefox 5 has to hit the Aurora channel by the 12th of April and reach the Beta channel by the 17th of May to meet the release deadline.
One of our readers, Shane Bundy, has noticed an interesting new feature that is planned for the future Google Chrome versions: scrolling tabs.
If you are not familiar with the scrolling tabs feature, see the picture above. It’s that arrow in the right corner which will appear after way too many tabs were opened and they no longer fit on your screen.
Hopefully, it can be disabled as well.
Even though Google already offers a variety of protection tools for its users (from Safe Browsing API to Sandbox), it does not stop here.
According to the Chromium Blog, Google is announcing a new feature that will protect users against suspicious downloads.
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Even though it’s April Fools Day, there has been some interesting information floating around about the upcoming (possibly IE10) web browser from Microsoft called Immersive Browser.
Before you dismiss this info as yet another joke, here is what you need to know: MS has uploaded the Windows 8 M2 (Milestone 2) build to its partners on Microsoft Connect a couple of days ago. Now obviously, once you share something with quite a few people, there is a high probability of a leak and OS screenshots (and that’s exactly what happened).
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According to Win7China (which is a credible source), Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) will include a major UI overhaul which is set to be more touch optimized than previous IE versions. Furthermore, company is stressing the importance of overall web browser performance as well.
As far as it is known now, those are the two main goals for Microsoft.
What is more interesting is Windows 8 UI. Win7China reports that changes between Windows 7 and Windows 8 will be far greater than everyone expected.
In fact, source compared the new Windows 8 interface to Windows 1.0 > 3.1 > Windows 95 migration.
The future looks awesome.
Firefox 4 was originally slated for November of 2010, but after a dozen betas, the 22nd of March may be the final release date. That is the new release date stated by Mozilla anyway.
The current release candidate was labeled as good enough to ship as the final product on Wednesday by Mozilla developers. This contrasts with what Mozilla has done in the past, namely ship multiple release candidates until finally determining the shipping code. Firefox 3.6, for example, had two release candidates issued by Mozilla before reaching its audience more than a year ago.
With the announcement of upcoming Opera Mobile 11 and Opera Mini 6 releases, Norwegian browser maker has also revealed that Windows Phone 7 will be receiving its own version of Opera as well (dubbed Opera Mobile).
“In our lineup, all players are equally important–we leave no device behind. Our small and clever pieces of software will give you a 5-star experience, no matter what hardware you prefer”, said Lars Boilesen, the CEO of Opera Software.
Next week should be pretty exciting.
Update: It looks like it might be coming to Windows 7 tablets instead.
Now here is something exciting for all Opera users. According to the recent press release, Opera Software will be releasing Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11 web browsers sometime next week!
Opera Mini is set for Android, BlackBerry, Symbian/Series 60 and J2ME devices while Opera Mobile 11 supports Android, Symbian, Windows 7 and eGo platforms.