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Firefox 3.7 dropped from Mozilla's development plan

Mozilla has changed their entire strategy on how they will be developing their Firefox browser. There are plans to drop Firefox 3.7 from the schedule and the hope is to release "incremental updates throughout the year", the company says. This move marks a major change in the way that Mozilla operates.

Instead of adding features to the popular web browser at a few select times over the year, Mozilla wants to slip in new features and functionality every few weeks. What this means to us? Well, it means Firefox 3.7 is no more. Originally, the plan was to release version 3.6 and 3.7 a few months apart with features that would pave the way for version 4.0 next year. Apparently, a lot of work has been done on 3.6 causing it to be delayed slightly but packed with usefulness.

The new project, code names "Lorentz" is said to include Mozilla's new Electrolysis process - a method of making each tab its own process, much like the way Chrome operates. The developers also want to try and remove the connection between browsers and plug-ins allowing them to work separately in case of crashes.

It'll be interesting to see what comes out of Mozilla's labs and how Firefox continues to evolve, especially with this new development cycle.

[via ComputerWorld]
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