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The Beta version of it has just been released a few days ago, and Mozilla has said that they are aiming for June 21 as the offical release date of Firefox 5

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9215660/Mozilla_shoots_for_June_21_release_of_Firefox_5

Mozilla has set an aggressive schedule for the next version of Firefox, slating the release of Firefox 5 for June 21.

If it meets that schedule, Mozilla could crank out Firefox 6 just two months later.

Mozilla has shifted to a faster-paced development cycle where it adds new features as it goes to a series of versions -- dubbed nightly, aurora, beta and Firefox -- each of which feeds into the next-most-stable build until a polished edition is released.

The change is a major shift for the open-source company, which has been locked into a much longer schedule. Firefox 4, for example, was in development for over a year, while Firefox 3.6 took about the same amount of time to finish.
According to information posted on Mozilla's site, its new, faster development will match Google's.

Mozilla is currently planning a truncated schedule for Firefox 5, which should ship June 21. To meet that deadline, Firefox 5 has to hit the "aurora" channel April 12 and reach beta by May 17.

With Firefox 5 done, Mozilla will shift to a standard 18-week schedule that will put Firefox 6's release around mid-August.
 

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I hope most of their plugins will work with version 5 compared to version 3. I got rid of version 4 just because of that.
 

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Version 4 destroyed the speed of the back button, moved the "refresh" button, disabled plugins, and bragged about speed improvements I haven't seen. Sure looking forward to 5!:rolleyes:
 

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Can't say I've had a lot of problems with FF4. Can't say it improved on much either. Doing full upgrade version releases instead of point releases doesn't make a lot of sense. It gets new features released more quickly but provides less time to fix bugs and improve stability. The rapid feature changes may drive some people away. The current development model may make FF more like IE but mostly in negative ways.
 

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Using Chrome, the instant update ability happens without you even knowing. If FF updates in that manner, it's no big deal. But if extensions stop working, or need to be re-loaded and whatnot, it could become too much of an inconvenience.
 

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Updates in FF can be enable or disabled for the browser, add-ons and extensions. It can also be set to ask before updating and to check add-on compatibility when updating.
 

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Windows x64 is still on the Nightly track with 7.0a1 . It's previously been bumped from 3.7a5pre to 4.0b13pre, 4.2a1, 6.0a1, and 7.0a1 . I fully expect that it will remain as a Nightly and get bumped to 8, 9, or even 10 before an official release.

One of the things that Mozilla wants to include in Win64 is the ability to run 32-bit plugins, but they'd apparently need to write that from scratch. I currently don't think Win64 is a high priority for Mozilla.
 

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As long as it runs well on x64 as a 32 bit application, it's not a big issue. The main problem is that many add-ons and plug-ins only work under a 32 bit browser. MS hasn't addressed that problem in IE either.

I upgraded to FF 5.0 yesterday. So far, it's very good.
 

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I stopped using FF4 because it wouldn't work properly; couldn't delete pages...they'd keep reloading the next time I opened the program. Also wouldn't go back to the spot I was at when I'd use the 'back' button and it was a big memory hog. Went to Goggle canary which I'm still using.
I did download FF5, hoping to get rid of the bugs mentioned above. It works fine, but I only use it now when I need to download video (using video downloader). After using Canary, I prefer Goggle.
 

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^ - This is part of Mozilla's initiative to have a shorter release schedule like Google has with Google Chrome. As you can see, they are certainly getting betas, and nightly builds out quick...
 
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