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Firefox 7 Final Release, Comin' Up!

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in Software

A few minutes ago I came across a blog post saying that the Firefox 7 final release will take place on the 27th of this month. I don't know what you think about it but to me this is way too fast especially since versions 5 and 6 didn't bring any significant changes over that Firefox 4 release that a lot of people avoided for a lot of reasons that I won't mention here. Now what about that Firefox 7 release - what should we expect from it?

As I write this both Firefox 7 and Firefox 8 are available for public testing and it seems that work is being focused on add-ons compatibility testing. No need to remind you why Firefox 4 5 and 6 failed for so many users keeping them with release 3.x right? Yes my friends we're talking about add-ons here - the fact that starting with Firefox 4 compatibility with old extensions became a serious issue. According to Mozilla "If you want to benefit from these compatibility bumps your add-on should have a maximum compatibility of 6.* at present. If no compatibility problems are detected we will automatically increase it to 7.* when the validation is run." Great but what about discontinued products built for Firefox 3.x that a lot of people still use huh? ...

If you want to read more about the changes expected to arrive with Firefox 7's final release then you'd better go check this page but consider yourselves warned: all the info here makes sense to developers! In fact I must conclude this short article by saying that I'm afraid of one thing - Firefox 7 will be another release with minor changes that won't really matter to anyone belonging to the "average Jane/Joe" category.... :|