Despite Mozilla only releasing Firefox 4 a couple of weeks ago and after seeing massive downloads, the next version of the web browser is already being readied. The anticipated release date is in June, and some of the new features are said to make Firefox more social.
Daniel Bailey of Conceivably Tech is reporting in an article that there is likely to be several new features, which are similar to some found in Google’s Chrome browser. A Firefox 5 preview is currently published, but it could take another four weeks before we know exactly what will be coming on the next version of Mozilla’s web browser.
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Firefox 5 is thought to have four development stages with the second beginning on April 13th, with the final build being released on June 29. The UX planning pages have revealed nine new features which are planned for Firefox 5, but some could find themselves in later versions.
First you have tab multi-select which is similar to that found on Google Chrome. Users will be able to close or move them as well as having more than one. Add-ons are to receive standardized toolbar support, and there will also be an upload indicator.
There is set to be no Home button, with Mozilla adding a permanent Home tab instead. This is Mozilla’s way of doing away with the home button feature without losing usability of the web browser. An integrated PDF viewer is another new feature, and could be extended to other file formats including MP3.
Social website features look set to be a big feature with a new paper plane logo appearing in the URL bar. This will provide instant access to social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. Users will be able to share websites directly from their URL bar instead of clicking a Like button.
This method of browser development means we can expect to see three new Firefox releases each year, with Google currently on a six week release phase. Microsoft on the other hand released their last two web browsers in two year cycles.
Have you been using Firefox 4? How have you found it?