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Windows 7: Firefox 4.0, 5.0, 6.0 and 7.0 to Ship in 2011

07 Feb 2011   #11
Zen00

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BCXtreme View Post
If there's anyone that feels otherwise, give this a thought. What would your reaction be if MS came out tomorrow and said, "Hey, we're going to rebrand Windows 7 SP1 and call it Windows 8, and offer it as a paid upgrade under the same pricing model as Windows 7."
Wrap it up in a bow and call it Windows Snow Leopard?


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07 Feb 2011   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It's just a silly attempt by Mozilla to keep up with numbering of IE and Google.
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07 Feb 2011   #13
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Chrome does have a lot to answer for with it's numbering - but lets not forget that IE is now at 9, Opera is at 11 - by comparison '4' sounds old to the uninitiated

My reaction would be to wonder "When did I buy a Mac?" ...
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Wrap it up in a bow and call it Windows Snow Leopard?
That's exactly what I was thinking. :P

Seriously though, I think even those who aren't tech-savvy know that version numbers only pertain to the one product that has them, and they're not a way to compare advancement between different products.

Otherwise, people would think iOS 4 is newer than Android 3.0, Mac OS X is newer than Windows 7, and Windows 98 is newer than all of them.

Some research:

Internet Explorer 1 came out in 1995, so it took them close to 16 years to reach Internet Explorer 9. And every release in recent history brought significant changes over the last (be they good or bad).

Opera 2.0 (the first public version) came out in 1996, so it took them about 14 years to reach Opera 11. A little faster than IE, but I'm pretty sure that every major Opera release has actually been a major release.

Firefox 1.0 came out in 2004, and it's taken them 7 years to reach Firefox 4. Each big release has brought major changes and improvements, to the point where none of the four versions even look like the same browser.

Safari 1.0 was released in 2003, and it took them 7 years to reach Safari 5. Again, each time they released was a major update in every sense of the word.

Chrome 1.0 was released at the end of 2008, so it took them two years to reach Chrome 9.0, with 10.0 in development. Huh?! A glance at Wikipedia reveals the problem: the current stable version is 9.0, and the current dev version is 10.0. No minor versions at all. The only minor version Chrome has had since 1.0, was 4.1. Every other release has been a x.0, and according to Wikipedia's summary changelog, they don't have much to show for it. I updated my (for-testing-purposes) installation of Chrome from 6.0 to 9.0 and saw nothing that made me register I had just leaped ahead three "major" releases.

The current standardized version system of x.0, x.1, x.2, etc ... makes so much more sense than this new "everything we do is major" crap. At this rate, in 2012-2013, we will be using Google Chrome 20! And it will probably be pretty much just what it is now. By the end of the decade, we will be on Google Chrome 68! And it will probably have undergone only about 6-7 true "major" upgrades since Chrome 1.

The only thing more pathetic, is the fact that Mozilla has bought into this...
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08 Feb 2011   #14
stve

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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Chrome 1.0 was released at the end of 2008, so it took them two years to reach Chrome 9.0, with 10.0 in development. Huh?! A glance at Wikipedia reveals the problem: the current stable version is 9.0, and the current dev version is 10.0. No minor versions at all. The only minor version Chrome has had since 1.0, was 4.1. Every other release has been a x.0, and according to Wikipedia's summary changelog, they don't have much to show for it. I updated my (for-testing-purposes) installation of Chrome from 6.0 to 9.0 and saw nothing that made me register I had just leaped ahead three "major" releases.
I'm using the Chrome Canary 11.0.662.0 canary build
I feel so sorry for all of you stuck on the Chrome 10 dev build.

At the beginning of 2010 Chrome was at version 3.0.195

Google Chrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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08 Feb 2011   #15
JMH

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit. SP1.
 
 

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What Will Firefox 5.0, Firefox 6.0 and Firefox 7.0 Bring to the Table

Although it has yet to ship Firefox 4.0, Mozilla is already looking ahead, and started sharing plans for the next three versions of its open source browser following the successor of Firefox 3.6.

According to Mike Beltzner, Mozilla’s Director of Firefox, no less than four major iterations of Firefox will be provided to users by the end of 2011.

Released roughly a few months apart after Firefox 4.0 is launched, Firefox 5.0, Firefox 6.0 and Firefox 7.0 will all be made available this year.

At least this is the plan according to Mozilla’s new Product Roadmap for its open source browser.
What Will Firefox 5.0, Firefox 6.0 and Firefox 7.0 Bring to the Table - Softpedia
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08 Feb 2011   #16
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I have been a Firefox fan for a good while now. I've also typically been a late adopter when it comes to new versions because the main attraction for me are the add-ons I use. It usually takes a while for the developers of the add-ons to come out with a new version, which means I sit back a while and wait.

Unless there is something different about the way they deal with compatibility issues I might be stuck on version 3.6 for a good long while.
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09 Feb 2011   #17
stve

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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no less than four major iterations of Firefox will be provided to users by the end of 2011.
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Mozilla intends to radically overhaul its release cycle for Firefox per the Google Chrome model.
I doubt Firefox 5, 6 & 7 will be considered major releases by many if they are copying the Chrome model.
Hope they actually deliver the goods.
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09 Feb 2011   #18
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Unless there is something different about the way they deal with compatibility issues I might be stuck on version 3.6 for a good long while.
Yeah, I have looked at FF 4 betas a few times, but don't stick with them due to add-on support (or lack thereof). I'm happily running 3.6.x. I don't feel I'm really missing out on anything substantial that I would use.
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09 Feb 2011   #19
yowanvista

Windows 10 Pro x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by profdlp View Post
Unless there is something different about the way they deal with compatibility issues I might be stuck on version 3.6 for a good long while.
Yeah, I have looked at FF 4 betas a few times, but don't stick with them due to add-on support (or lack thereof). I'm happily running 3.6.x. I don't feel I'm really missing out on anything substantial that I would use.
Incompatible addons are not a problem since you can disable the addon compatibility checker
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09 Feb 2011   #20
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
Incompatible addons are not a problem since you can disable the addon compatibility checker
But if the addons truly don't work or cause stability problems in the software, then what's the point? I've not run into anything yet that really requires FF4 or IE9. I'm happily plodding along as it's displayed in FF 3.6. I do realize that most add-ons are not broke, just not known to work or supported.
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