Apparently, Mozilla has decided to kill Firefox 3.7 and modify its current development process.
Originally, they planned to release version 3.7 as a minor upgrade, later this year. However, Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox said, that they will introduce various new features and tweaks via security updates, which do happen every few weeks or so.
The very first update will bring separated plugin processes from web browser itself which was planned for Firefox 3.7 (Q3-Q4 release). After development changes, estimated time of arrival remains unknown.
The good news: developers won’t have to waste their time updating extensions to make them “compatible” with “Firefox 3.7”. On the other hand, people, who prefer running stable, bug free releases and don’t really care about new features, might find this update scheme inconvenient.
As for Firefox 3.6 Final, it will be released either, on Jan 19th or 26th.
Our reader Somebody has come across a DownloadSquad post about presumably leaked Opera 10.50 pre-alpha build.
Windows 7 integration
… and improved user interface
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Thanks to Rob for links.
As you might know, Microsoft is planning to add hardware accelerated rendering to its upcoming Internet Explorer 9 release.
What about other web browsers? Well, Mozilla plans to do the same and ship final product faster than MS does.
Moreover, Bas Schouten has published interesting benchmark results: Direct2S vs. GDI
In the Opera forums post, one of the Opera’s developers has mentioned that they are implementing Windows 7 features “that makes sense” for the upcoming browser version.
Although not many details were revealed, he said: “Multi-touch is certainly one of those things we will evaluate as part of this process.”.
In the meantime, we can only hope that some of those implementations will be already available in Opera 10.10 Final release.
Thanks to Daniel Hendrycks for news tip.
Good news today came from Mozilla Foundation, as company announced a support of WOFF (Web Open Font Format) in the upcoming Firefox 3.6 release.
What is it all about?
Unlike TrueType or OpenType formats, it is a compressed format. As a result, downloadable content size will be smaller. Also, it contains specific information which allows people to see where font came from.
Or as BetaNews described:
Its purpose is simply to repackage the same spline data that appears in TrueType and OpenType font files, in a format and with licensing that’s tailored exclusively for use on the Web.
Thanks to Gabana for news tip.
During Om’s interview with John Lilly, it was revealed to him that Mozilla is working on iPhone App, which will “surprise people”.
John Lilly said:
“Mozilla will release an app to the iPhone App Store in the next few weeks,”
What would it be?
No one knows. However, as they were talking about Weave and the Awesome Bar, Om Malik has asked on whether it is going to be a part of the upcoming iPhone app. Surprisingly or not, John Lilly just smiled and refused to provide any more details. Hint?
Picture source: TechSpot
With the upcoming Windows 7 release, developers are working hard to take an advantage of new OS features such as jumplist. Some time ago, Google has implemented the following feature into its Chrome web browser, and now, the latest Firefox build on Mozilla’s Tryserver includes Windows 7 Jumplist support as well.
As you can see from the screenshot, users will be able to quickly access their most frequent visited web pages and open new tab and/or window easily.
The long awaited Firefox 3.6 (Namaroka) Beta is going to be released on 13 October, followed by Firefox 3.5.4 on 21 October. With the final version shipping in November, Firefox 3.6 is set to improve performance, several new CSS features and other architectural improvements.