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Firefox 4: 100 million downloads in one month

A month after its launch version 4 of Firefox Surpasses 100 Million Downloads, a symbolic success that does not, however, stimulates the part of the browser market still stagnant at last count of StatCounter.

The counter downloads in real time the browser is currently capped at over 105 million downloads, leading from this version to 8.04%.

However, the browser seems to be difficult to attract new users, despite all these developments.
The total market share of Firefox has even lost a third of a point between the months of March and April and reached below 30% while Google Chrome continues to rise sharply.

Internet Explorer 9 also fails to boost its market share, which suffered the same decline as that of Firefox, despite the arrival of this version through Windows Update last week.


Thunderbird rejoint Mozilla Labs

In 2007, the Mozilla Foundation separated from his work email in a subsidiary called Mozilla Messaging. The objective was to develop and Thunderbird email applications using the Mozilla bird (Eudora, etc.) without impacting the development of Firefox.

But with the development of webmail and similar services like social networks, the Mozilla Foundation has developed plug-ins for Firefox on electronic mail in webmail and social networks as part of Mozilla Labs.

The Mozilla Foundation has decided to return to Mozilla Messaging and teams from the old structure with those of Mozilla Labs. Thus, the Mozilla Messaging team will help those from Mozilla Labs to develop functionality around email while teams from Mozilla Labs will enable the Mozilla Messaging to develop a modern version of Thunderbird.

The development of Thunderbird, Mozilla Messaging integration in the Mozilla Foundation will not affect current developments (Thunderbird 3.1.x and 3.3 alpha)

Firefox and extensions, Fox Needs Speed

Ten add-ons installed on Firefox equal to two times longer to start. Given this equation, and aware that the browser wars will also be on their speed, the Mozilla Foundation has decided to settle the thorny issue of slowing the browser by some of these modules added. The creators of Firefox have therefore introduced new measures, they detail on their blog. A situation made necessary because “although most add-ons have a minor impact, others can significantly slow down Firefox. ”

Indeed, an add-on installed in Firefox may, on average, increase by 10% the starting time of it. A calculation that includes both modules perform better than those who seriously slow down the browser. The Mozilla Foundation has decided to publish a weekly ranking of these black sheep, to alert users, and force developers to respond. For now, only the 100 add-ons most commonly used are tested. “But soon we will scan automatically the new versions of all modules when we are submissive. An indication of the loading time of pages in the presence of each module is also planned.

Within two weeks, a warning should also appear in the galleries of add-ons, meaning those whose impact reaches 25% or more during startup. And if the statistics are not enough to convince developers of modules slow, they will also be contacted by the foundation so that they work performance of their products.

But Firefox users also calls to attention, particularly as regards the installation of modules from other modules: “They are responsible for many performance problems, and our users do not always know how this module came about, and how to remove it. ” An awareness that should pave the way for the browser version 5, scheduled for June 2011. This will bring changes to the tab system, creating a manager identification and integration of a PDF reader or MP3, and a sharing feature on Twitter or Facebook.

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