Oh the horror: Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 get delayed.

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by Mike
Posted December 28th, 2009 at 11:51 am

I thought the holidays were supposed to be happy times? If you’re a Mozilla/Firefox, this certainly won’t be the case as Firefox 3.6 and 4.0 have gotten fresh “delayed” stickers slapped across their faces. Bugs and other under the hood hoopala is no doubt the root cause. (What else would it be?) Unfortunately, a late 2009 release for 3.6 has now become “Q1 2010″ with Firefox 4 looking even more disappointing — “late 2010/early 2011″. Dear god.

I’m all for quality, double and triple checking, and refinement, but come on Mozilla. You guys were once the fastest moving 3rd party browser that was constantly churning out new and exciting features before anyone else. Now everyone else is pushing those new features and running laps around you.

As far as speed goes, Chrome and Safari are blinding fast. Easily the top two. Firefox in my opinion falls into third here. Opera comes in 4th a little further down the line. Though recent announcements by Opera concerning their new javascript engine and goals show an insatiable appetite for perfection.

Features? Sure Firefox is still in the top heap when new features are concerned, compared amongst the other top browsers. But in all honesty, Chrome, Safari, and Opera as of late have been pumping out the geeky newness that keeps us interested with Firefox taking a more IE approach of catch up. Just one small example: separate tab processes. Chrome has had them since day one. Firefox isn’t slated to get the feature until 4.0 — late 2010/early 2011. Again, not all popular browsers support separate processes for each tab, but for a market leader such as Firefox, one would think the feature would be a staple part to brag about.

Firefox is far from dead so don’t misunderstand me. I still love and use Firefox daily. To me anyway, it just seems as if Mozilla hit the snoozer one too many times. I think I can speak for most of the tech crowd in saying that I hope Mozilla gets that fire rekindled beneath their feet. It’d be a shame to see IE — of all options — surpass Firefox now wouldn’t it?

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