Firefox has achieved a lot in a short period of time. More than 72m downloads and a near 10 per cent share of a notoriously monopolistic browser market is proof of that. So no one can really complain with the news that developer Mozilla will be delaying the next major Firefox update to September.
Two security motivated updates in a week (v1.05 and v1.06) means Mozilla is determined to get things right with version 1.5. And no that’s not a typo, version 1.1 is history because company prez Tristan Nitot says there are too many improvements in the new edition to give it such as small numerical increase…
What exactly these enhancements will be remains a tightly kept secret, but in general terms we do know the upgrades will effect the update process (most likely scrapping the whole reinstall malarkey for a – dare we say it – more IE like automated experience), and a reworking of the search extensions system. We, and no doubt every other Firefox user out there, would like to raise our hands right now and scream “Sir, Sir! A more simple deletion system for unwanted search engine extensions, please Sir!”
While we’re in moaning mood, the ability to drag RSS bookmarks around like regular bookmarks would help, as would an option to merge multiple RSS streams into a single stream (Safari style), or to be able to alter the number of headlines pertaining to an individual RSS feed. Perhaps the little orange RSS icons could even light up when a new headline is available? Oh, and while your at it, that frustrating bug which occasionally causes the browser to use 100 per cent of the CPU could do with fixing.
Incidentally, a beta of 1.5 will be available in August, but those not prepared to chance their arm with that will have to wait to the aforementioned September. 2.0 is then scheduled to hit in Q1 2006 with 3.0 set for Chrimbo/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa time of the same year.
By the way, now is probably a good time to bitch like me about features you also want to see improved/introduced in next Firefoxi. Bend Mozilla’s ear here, but remember – be nice – because this browser is still orbiting around an entirely higher galaxy of user satisfaction than that dusty old goat IE6.