Mozilla plans to delay the release of Firefox 4 until 2011

Published on: Mon, Nov 01, 2010 , Updated on Sat, Nov 06, 2010
Tags: web browser
Courtesy: http://news.cnet.com

Yes, it looks as if we will have to wait for a few more months to get the first glimpse of Firefox 4 from Mozilla. The release of the first full featured beta version of this extensively used and most sought after open-source browser is delayed because of certain technical issues. While the competitors are really happy about the delay, Mozilla has announced that Firefox 4 will arrive only in 2011.

Mike Beltzner, vice president of engineering for Firefox, has laughed off rumors that the delay in release is due to the problems in development of Firefox 4. "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," said Mike Beltzner last week.

According to experts, the updated version of Firefox will have an integration of older Firefox's Tracemonkey engine, that’s used for running web-based JavaScript programs, along with a new JaegerMonkey engine. This integration of these programs is one of the major issues behind the delay of Firefox 4.

Firefox 4 promises enhanced browsing options with a totally revamped interface. Users can enjoy ‘a Bing search option, hardware-accelerated graphic, HTML5 parser and WebGL for 3D Web graphics’. This new version of Firefox will also work flawlessly on Google's Android OS for phones as well as other mobile devices. So let’s all wait for the big bash that’s going to happen in 2011.

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