Firefox 4 Launch Date Of March 22nd Likely

Mozilla: "No known issues that would stop us from shipping RC1 as final"

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Internet Explorer 9, the newest (finalized) Web browser around, may not have much time left in which to enjoy that title.  Damon Sicore, Senior Director of Platform Engineering at Mozilla, has indicated that Firefox 4 will launch on March 22nd barring any problems.

We’d caution everyone not to get their hopes up too high.  In January, Sicore predicted that a launch would occur before the end of February, so delays have been known to occur.

Plus, given that Internet Explorer 9 has gotten great reviews with respect to both speed and user-friendliness, it would be reasonable if execs at Mozilla wanted to take some extra time to ensure everything’s perfect.

Still, Sicore wrote in a post directed at Mozilla developers, “Firefox 4 RC1 has received a very warm welcome; it’s time to make a decision to ship.  As of now, there are no known issues that would stop us from shipping RC1 as final.  At the conclusion of our regular 11:30AM triage session on Wednesday, March 16th, release drivers will decide whether to ship RC1 as Firefox 4.”

Then Sicore added, “March 22nd is the day we would ship.  Both IT and Marketing have indicated that March 22nd is an acceptable final launch date.  If at any time we discover issues that would block final release, we would issue an RC2 as soon as possible, reset the ship date, and communicate to everyone.”

So cross your fingers, Firefox fans.  Or better still, use this as a reason to get your hands on the release candidate, since it’s apparently quite polished.

Firefox 4 Launch Date Of March 22nd Likely
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  • http://www.reversestreetads.com Mike

    I just hope Firefox works out the bugs with Adobe flash 10.2xx on watching youtube videos. For the past 2 weeks I’ve been having the “blackscreen of death” issue with youtube videos and it’s sporatic. One day I’m able to watch videos then the next day videos won’t show up, only the audio. Today I wasn’t able to see/hear anything. So far Adobe and Firefox hasn’t come up with a fix. I have no problems watching youtube in Chrome or IE.

  • Jackson

    @Mike – I’ve been having that problem on both IE and FF, haven’t tried it on Chrome, but I don’t think it is FF specific.

    • http://www.LAokay.com Adsense Publisher

      I agree, everybody thinks it must be their browser when it actually could be their connection or even the server where the content is being hosted from. Switching from one browser to the next creates a new connection, so when you do that and things seems to clear up, people can think that it must have been their browser when it very well could be something else. I’m not trying to say that bugs don’t occur, but if they suddenly seem to show up and you didn’t change anything or upgrade anything, don’t be so quick to blame the browser. Try clearing the cache and restarting the browser. Heck, it could just be your computer is overloaded and it’s time to reboot or reinstall everything (or just get a new one if it’s over 5 years old).

  • http://www.twittersuccessonline.com Dave Cleinman

    I downloaded and have tried IE9…as with every new version of a Windows/MS product, they have moved things around and gotten rid of the features of IE8 that were so familiar for so long. OK, I can handle that. But had they not blatantly ripped of Chrome’s interface, I would be more forgiving.

    Firefox has been my default browser for several months now, and it is superior in almost every way. So no go, IE9…you didn’t win me over.

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