A year after it pulled the plug on silent updates in Firefox 4, Mozilla said it will debut most of the behind-the-scenes feature by early next year. Assuming Mozilla pulls off silent upgrading this time around, it would make Firefox only the second browser to take that route. Google’s Chrome has been the poster boy for automatic updates that remove the user from the equation and can’t be switched off.
Mozilla did not say it was copying Chrome – it’s denied doing so with other features – but the chairman of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, acknowledged what she called “update fatigue.”
In the past we have been very careful to make sure people know something is changing with their Web browser before it changes. Today people are telling us – loudly – that the notifications are irritating and that a silent update process is important. – Mitchell Baker, head of the non profit organization that oversees the Firefox making Mozilla Corp
According to information published on the Mozilla website, the current goal for most of the multi-part project is Firefox 10, slated to ship Jan. 31, 2012. Some pieces will appear in earlier and later editions, however.
When Firefox receives the feature, the browser will download the upgrade in the background, then install it the next time Firefox is restarted. Users will be reminded to install the upgrade 12 hours later if they haven’t restarted the browser before then.
Unlike Chrome, Firefox will let users switch off silent upgrading.
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