While competitors try to hide as much information as possible about the upcoming updates, Mozilla took a different route and has now revealed it’s Firefox web browser roadmap for the 2012.
In the first quarter of 2012, Firefox 12 and Firefox 13 will receive already reported and well know features, so there are no surprises here. Here is a full list:
- Improved Add-on Compatibility
- Chrome Migration
- Refreshed Media Controls
- Add-ons Sync
- Firefox Hotfix
- Developer Tools and Web Platform improvements
This is where things are getting interesting, in addition to possible Windows 8 Metro version of Mozilla’s web browser, Firefox 14, Firefox 15 and Firefox 16 will receive a ton of improvements in the second quarter of this year.
- Firefox Home Tab additions, an improved version of its start page
- A New Tab page powered by the Awesomebar, bringing speed dial and other goodies
- Silent Update
- Web Apps Marketplace integration
- Restore Firefox, a quick way to restore damaged Firefox profile
- Awesomebar In-Line URL auto-complete
- Smooth scrolling
- Panel-based Download Manager
- Start-up Performance Improvements
- New Cycle Collector + Garbage Collector, according to Mozilla, “Firefox pauses and hangs will be a thing of the past.”
- Speedy Session Restore, improving restore performance
- Automatic Session Restore with Tabs on Demand
- Hang Detector and Reporter, an improved version, which will allow Mozilla to read reports more efficiently.
Finally, the most exciting time of them all. Since Firefox will receive updates every 6 weeks, we can assume that those features will be integrated into Firefox 17, Firefox 18, Firefox 19, Firefox 20 and other releases.
As seen in the screenshot above, Firefox will receive a theme refresh, which, to be fair, looks similar to Google’s Chrome UI.
However, those are not the only changes, here’s what you can expect:
- Seamless Plug-in install and update experience
- Tracking Map and 3rd party cookie management
- Firefox Share, for a quick links and status sharing across social networks
- Log in to Firefox, bringing user centric logins
- Network Installer, a new and lightweight installer of Firefox
- Add-on performance indicators
- Integrated translation service
- Multiple Tab Performance Improvements
- Search hijack prevention
- In-line Preferences Manager
- Inline PDF View
- Plug-in Click to Start
- Firefox Focus/Reader Mode
- Generational Garbage Collector, increasing overall performance
- New Cache, overhauled network cache for better performance
- New DOM bindings
And here you have it guys, it will certainly be an amazing year for Mozilla and Firefox users. Can’t wait to test things out!
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