And Mozilla has been talking turkey about the upcoming changes planned for its browser in version 4 of Firefox.
The most immediately obvious tweaks will be the refinements in the user interface. This will be streamlined a la Google’s Chrome.
As Director of Firefox, Mike Beltzner, commented in a presentation he gave, the smoother and simpler an interface looks, the faster a browser will seem to run to the user.
When it comes to speed, Beltzner said that Firefox is going to be “super-duper fast”. Not just super-fast, that wouldn’t be quick enough, not by half.
So maybe Firefox is taking a nippy leaf out of Opera’s playbook, as well as dipping into Chrome’s.
Permanent tabs for popular services such as Gmail are planned, and a switch tab tool is also on the cards. The latter will be a way of making it easy to flit about between a large number of open tabs.
Firefox 4 should be out at the tail end of 2010. It will be preceded by Firefox 3.64 this summer – which was known as Firefox 3.7 previously, but has now had its version number switched.
Seems a bit of an odd change, but maybe Firefox 3.64 just had that better ring about it.
It could have been worse – they could have called it Firefox 3.62. Can you imagine that! How we’d have laughed…