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Can We Ship Yet? Firefox 4 Bug Countdown

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Moz/FF I can’t quite remember that we have been so excited about any other bug list ever. Mozilla is getting very creative in keeping the focus on eliminating every single hard- blocking bug from the Firefox 4 code and has, to our knowledge, posted the first-ever bug countdown for a significant public software. Can we ship yet?

Mozilla delays final Firefox beta

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Moz/FF It's looking increasingly unlikely that Mozilla will ship Firefox 4 this month.

Mozilla's "modern browser" attack on IE overlooks Firefox shortcomings

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Moz/FF Microsoft and Mozilla traded barbs this week in a dispute over what constitutes a "modern" Web browser. The competitive friction is starting to heat up because the Redmond software giant and Silicon Valley nonprofit are preparing to release the next major versions of their respective Web browsers.

Firefox 4 in March, A First Look At Firefox 5

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  • Firefox 4 in March, A First Look At Firefox 5
  • Mozilla Infographic Compares Firefox And Internet Explorer

Ready for Firefox 4

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Moz/FF I LOOK forward to the day when the folks at Mozilla decide that Firefox 4 is ready to launch without the word “beta” attached to it.

Mozilla losing Director of Firefox, Mike Belztner

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  • Mozilla losing Director of Firefox, Mike Belztner
  • Developer Engagement at Mozilla

Is Mozilla's 2011 roadmap unrealistically ambitious?

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Moz/FF Mozilla has published an updated roadmap in which it lays out its plans for 2011. The organization hopes to significantly shorten its release cycle and deliver a total of four major releases during 2011, cranking the browser up to version 7 by the end of the year.

Browser Feature War: IE9 RC1 vs. Firefox 4 vs. Chrome 9

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Moz/FF The browser wars are back with a vengeance. It's a browser battle for the ages. But watch out Chrome and Firefox, the Borg (that was Microsoft's pet name in the 90's, kids) are back and this time resistance really is futile. Let's take a look.

Firefox 4 knows about:me (and you)

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Moz/FF I'm a big fan of data analytics which is why back in 2009 I was excited about a new potential Firefox feature called about:me.

Why Browser "Do Not Track" Features Will Not Work

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Moz/FF Mozilla, Microsoft, and Google have each developed some sort of "do not track" feature for their respective Web browsers. The intent is good, but each solution is fundamentally flawed and is unlikely to work very well in the real world.

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