Mozilla is working towards a February release of Firefox 4, the latest version of the world’s most popular open-source browser and a note to developers, that Damon Sicore, Mozilla’s senior director of platform engineering encourages them to work hard on addressing bugs. And that’s because the new version, as he has put it, will “kick ass”.
It remains to be seen whether the browser, which has surpassed Internet Explorer in Europe, will make such a major impact with its new version. One thing is certain though: the last beta made a pretty good impression. The interface is smoother, maybe reminding me a bit of Google Chrome (that’s the trend nowadays) and, what’s even more impressive, it has support for WebGL 3D graphics without needing a plugin. It also offers easier syncing, so you can get your bookmarks, passwords or history on another computer or on your smartphone.
Now, Sicore’s note says that they have 160 blockers (bugs, if you will) left and that it usually took them around six weeks to get to the Release Candidate status once they were down to 100. This time, the plan is to finish the hard blockers by the start of next month and to release the final version by the end of the month.
I for one can’t wait to see the final version!