Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

Summary: As many know by now, the release of Firefox 4 has been delayed until early 2011.The Mozilla team has announced that the next beta, beta 7, is due in early November, beta 8 is aimed for Nov 12, beta 9 is slated for November 26, beta 10 is slated for December 10, the first release candidate in early 2011 and the final version will ship "close behind" that.

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As many know by now, the release of Firefox 4 has been delayed until early 2011.

The Mozilla team has announced that the next beta, beta 7, is due in early November, beta 8 is aimed for Nov 12, beta 9 is slated for November 26, beta 10 is slated for December 10, the first release candidate in early 2011 and the final version will ship "close behind" that.

The delay, while relatively minor, appears to be causing angst to some add-on developers who complain that the soon-to-be-released beta 7 is still not feature complete and thus they cannot finish development and testing.

Beta 7 of Firefox 4 was expected in mid September and now is slated for early November.

In a mailing sent to followers and a separate schedule posted to its web site this week, the open source browser project announced that the Firefox 4 code freeze isn't expected until early November.

"Development on Firefox 4 has not slowed down and strong progress is being made daily. However, based on the delays in completing the feature complete Beta 7 milestone against which our Add-on developers and third-party software developers can develop, as well as considering the amount of work remaining to prepare Firefox 4 for final release, we have revised our beta and release candidate schedule," project leader Mike Beltzner wrote.

The goal for beta 7 is to freeze all features, user interface changes and API code.

The delay is not considerable, yet the forthcoming releases of IE9 and Chrome  -- and especially the Chrome operating system with browser included -- is causing some concern for backers.

This would give Microsoft and Google an advantage over Firefox since their respective browsers will be integrated into their respective operating systems while Firefox would not, though it is bundled with most desktops.

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  • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

    They are taking their sweet time getting FF4 released. Its time for a new PM to step in and get things going. 10 betas? Seriously? That is a bit of overkill.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

      very very good

      come :

      [ H T T P : / / T A .G G / 4 O R ]
      lincc350
  • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

    At this rate google chrome will be taking over the market share soon. Come on mozilla you can do better...
    coolnerd16
  • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

    Too long too many betas. Reorganize and utilize your resources better.
    xSteven777x
    • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

      @xSteven777x well said.
      paul.fullilove@...
  • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

    The computing world is full of stories of `half baked` s--- pushed out to make a deadline. So, I would rather see Mozilla take their time and get it `right`, than push it out just to meet a `supposed` deadline.
    fatman65535
  • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

    beta8 has been out for awhile why go back to beta7
    larrymsn
    • No beta 8 yet

      @larrymsn - There are nightly "Minefield" builds labeled beta8pre, merely development toward beta 8. Firefox 4 beta 8 has not been released, nor has beta 7.

      Bugs in some of the new features have proven more difficult to fix than expected. Rather than release the browser with serious bugs (including frequent crashes), or taking out important new features, they've decided to take more time and get it right.
      Greenknight_z
  • TRUTH!

    IE9 is the real thing baby!

    http://fakesteveballmer.blogspot.com
    NonZeal0t
  • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

    Good, now more firefox users will switch to Chrome
    shellcodes_coder
    • RE: Firefox 4 beta 7 now due early November, RC1 in early '11

      So we can be spied on?

      No thanks.
      ahh so
      • Do you have a real complaint about Chrome?

        @ahh so

        Or is paranoia all you have?
        Michael Alan Goff
      • Do you have a real answer about Chrome?

        @geoff666

        Or is trolling for a browser you don't use, all you have?
        ahh so