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Firefox 4 Vision: fast, powerful, and empowering

May 11th, 2010

Editor’s Note: On May 10, Mike Beltzner presented the vision for Firefox 4 (the next major release of Firefox) to the Mozilla community. For more details, check out Mike Beltzner’s blog post, reposted below.

Firefox 4: fast, powerful, and empowering

Today, I presented an early product plan for Firefox 4 to the Mozilla community (live, over the web!) to share our vision for the next version of Firefox, and what projects are underway to realize it. Then I invited everyone to get involved by joining our engineering or product development efforts.

The primary goals for Firefox 4 will be making a browser:

  • Fast: making Firefox super-duper fast
  • Powerful: enabling new open, standard Web technologies (HTML5 and beyond!),
  • Empowering: putting users in full control of their browser, data, and Web experience.

Usually software producers don’t present these sorts of plans in public until they’re finalized, but Mozilla is a little different. We work in the open, socializing our plans early and often to gather feedback and build excitement in our worldwide community. Not everyone could attend the presentation today, though, so I’m sharing the slides and video here as well.

That said: please understand that these plans are fluid and are likely to change. As with past releases, we use dates to set targets for milestones, and then we work together to track to those targets. We always judge each milestone release against our basic criteria of quality, performance, and usability, and we only ship when it’s ready.

If you have Firefox or a modern web browser that supports fully open HTML video, you can watch the presentation.

If you’d just like to thumb through the slides yourself, I’ve put them up on SlideShare.

As always we’re interested in your feedback. Use Rypple, or leave a comment here, or if you have specific thoughts about Firefox or our platform development you can join the discussion in:

Mozilla Planning Forum