The Norwegian browser maker completes the first step of its transition to the browser engine used by Google's Chrome. Sync, tabs, and themes are due in the next version.
Mozilla follows in Chrome's footsteps with a browser that's updated more frequently. Also: the new Jetpack interface and CSS animations for Web developers.
Businesses and add-on developers have had trouble keeping up with Firefox's new six-week update cycle. But its advantages outweigh the pain, Mitchell Baker says.
Microsoft's browser team apparently concludes the smaller set of new features in Firefox 6 warrants a smaller congratulatory cake.
New Firefox versions now will emerge every six weeks as Mozilla tries to be more competitive. That's too rapid for some, but Mozilla is willing to leave them behind.
Mozilla releases the first beta of Firefox 5, the initial version of the open-source browser to be produced under a new fast-moving schedule.
The faster cadence and rapid release focus is not new for Microsoft or its CEO Steve Ballmer. It's just more urgent.
The "Extended Support Release" version of Firefox would change every 30 weeks to accommodate slow-moving customers. Also: Firefox silent updates are coming.
Rapid-release software updates are easier with browsers than operating systems, judging by Alcatel's decision to skip the next Firefox OS release.
The new Thunderbird e-mail program, now on the rapid-release schedule of sister software Firefox, gets a calendar add-on.