While the most used web browser is still Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, rival offerings from Mozilla and Google are catching up fast with regards to user numbers. Today we have news that the Firefox 10 download is arriving tomorrow.
Developers over at Mozilla have given the go ahead for the next version of Firefox to become available on the 31st. A meeting at Mozilla has revealed via some notes of the upgrade date, and according to Computerworld follows the six week schedule that the company began last year.
The latest version will include one of the first parts of the Firefox silent update mechanism, where the software automatically disables incompatible add-ons, and will mark others as compatible. Mozilla has said that add-ons that work with Firefox 4 and later will be marked as compatible.
There have been many complaints of add-ons not working since Mozilla started the faster release program, and developers have been slow in reworking their code or marking their extensions as suitable for the latest browser.
Last March Mozilla started to automatically mark add-ons as compatible when Firefox 4 was released, but this was limited to extensions provided via its own website. The new feature will now do this for add-ons from other sources, which according to Mozilla accounts for 75% of all extensions.
Mozilla is looking to offer silent upgrades so Firefox can upgrade in the background without the user needing to do anything. More parts of the service will become available in future versions of the software. The silent update is expected to be complete by the launch of Firefox 13 that is due on June 5th.
Tomorrow will also see the 3.6.26 security update for the aging browser, which will be followed by two more before being retired in late April. While Google Chrome has been gaining the most users in recent times, there are still many who use Firefox. Do you still use Mozilla Firefox?