Firefox 4 beta was first mentioned more than nine months ago, and now beta 12 has become available to download, which we reported yesterday. But things are set to become a whole lot different, as we will also see Firefox versions 5, 6 and 7 ready for update in 2011. The reason for this is not really hard to explain.
Most of you may be aware that Mozilla launched Firefox some time before Google Chrome, so how come they are at version 9 and Mozilla’s browser is just getting to 4? The answer is that Mozilla do not roll it over to yet another new number for minor updates, instead choosing to go down the 2x, 3x route etc, unlike Google.
PC Pro explains that Mozilla has now decided to follow Google’s path, so it will not be that long before version 5 will be ready to download. We do not know how Firefox users will react to this, as they might think that they are getting a major update — when in fact it could just be a minor one instead.
However, what we can expect is for Mozilla to update Firefox on a more regular basis, as instead of major updates they will offer a number of small ones, such as patches, security fixes etc. Having been a user of Firefox for a number of years, I still cannot get over how much resources it requires. Surly in this day and age the likes of Mozilla is able to make this browser less resource hungry?
Do you think that Mozilla has made the right choice with Firefox by copying how Google launch Chrome updates?