Mozilla Firefox 3.1 Beta Arrives, 3.5 Not Far Behind
Mozilla has also confirmed that the Firefox 3.1 name may already be a thing of the past.
Mozilla's previously mentioned decision to release a fourth beta of the browser -- scheduled for April 14 -- will also see Firefox 3.1 renamed to Firefox 3.5. The name change, according to Mozilla, is meant to reflect how much has changed about the browser since the original, 10-month-old Firefox 3.0.
"The increase in version number is proposed due to the sheer volume of work which makes Shiretoko feel like much more than a small, incremental improvement over Firefox 3," said Mike Beltzer, Mozilla's Firefox director, in a March 5 posting to the Mozilla developer blog. "Bugs will be filled to ensure that systems like addons.mozilla.org, bugzilla.mozilla.org, tinderbox.mozilla.org [and] crash-stats.mozilla.org will continue to work with minimal disruption, and we will coordinate with those systems' administrators to coordinate the work."
Firefox 3.1 was originally scheduled for release in December 2008. The third beta version of Firefox 3.1 is arriving just one week before the scheduled final release of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 8.