Firefox 1.1 delayed until June
The next point release of the open source browser Firefox is now dated for June. However the developers insist that the delay is ‘normal’ and has nothing to do with the recent movement of programmers to Google.
According to Firefox’s lead engineer Ben Goodger – in the news recently by taking a job with Google – the anticipated March release of version 1.1 will be delayed until the summer.
In his blog, Goodger states his Google switch is not the cause: ‘The slippage from March is not due to my move to Google, it is due to us needing to ensure the 1.1 release is of identical quality and scope as the 1.0 release – that means a period of testing, the localization system needs to be brought back online, etc. These things are done by more people than just myself, so quit with the wacky speculation.’
While a ‘1.1 Developer Preview’ will be appearing in March, the full 1.1 ‘Deer Park’ release is now scheduled for June 2005. The official Firefox roadmap can be found at www.mozilla.org/projects/firefox/roadmap.html
Firefox passed the milestone of 10 million downloads in December 2004, with a market share of around five per cent. Meanwhile, Internet Explorer has ‘dipped’ to a ninety per cent market share.
Still on matters Firefox, a company called Advanced Reality has created a collaboration plug-in for the fast-rising browser.
Jybe – a client server app – enables users to link their browsers to surf together, reports the Australian Computer World. An instant-messaging feature enables accompanying dialogue between users.
‘It’s a convenience thing, a customer service element,’ it quotes a sales associate at with Scott Gray Commercial Real Estate in Houston, which is using the application. ‘Sure our customers can already see online photographs of properties, but we can walk them through details of the financial statements we have online.’