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Planned Firefox 3.1 update to become 3.5

updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue March 10, 2009

Firefox 3.1 becomes 3.5

The next major update for Firefox, v3.1, will instead become v3.5, says Mozilla's director for the browser, Mike Beltzner. Developers have allegedly complained that the v3.1 designation does not reflect the number of changes in the browser, which is already at v3.0.7 and yet missing components key to the former v3.1. Central is the addition of TraceMonkey, an engine which allows native code compilation within Mozilla's JavaScript technology.

The update will also incorporate a Private Browsing mode, enabling users to browse websites without leaving a record of where they have been. Beltzner further hopes Firefox will gain extra attention with the new numbering, though he observes that the shift to v3.5 will bring no features not originally planned for v3.1. The new designation will take effect with beta 4 of the update, scheduled to be uploaded April 14th. Firefox 3.1 beta 3 is still scheduled to go online on Thursday.

by MacNN Staff



  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969



    new features....
    "The update will also incorporate a Private Browsing mode, enabling users to browse websites without leaving a record of where they have been."

    Private Browsing....hmmm where have I heard about this before?

    Oh I know - Apple added it to Safari long time past! v2.0 release 4 years ago.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Leave it to developers. All whining over what NUMBER to give a release.

    Because, we all know the number really means something. People might ignore 3.1, but 3.5. Oh, yeah, people will be sure to take notice of 3.5.

    Of course, in the good ol' days, a 3.x release would be for minor additions and bug fixes, not for adding some major features like a completely new javascript engine.

  1. jolt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    3.x version

    It would appear 90% of 3.x users upgrade within a couple weeks of a new release:[]=firefox&limit[]=3

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