Firefox 3.1 going Alpha in July, Beta in August
The schedule slates final code delivery in the last quarter of this year or the first quarter of 2009. A month ago, when Mozilla first started discussing Firefox 3.1 internally, Mike Schroepfer, the company’s vice president of engineering, said the upgrade’s target ship date was the end of 2008.
If Mozilla holds to that plan, Firefox 3.1 would be its first fast-track update, with a development timeline significantly shorter than usual. Firefox 3.0, for instance, launched approximately 20 months after its predecessor, Firefox 2.0.
Previously, Mozilla said that it would be able to meet the shorter deadlines because Firefox 3.1 would be composed of features that didn’t make it into Firefox 3.0, but were “nearly complete,” Schroepfer said.