Mozilla has just released Firefox 5.0 earlier today, the first version as part of their plan for a rapid three month release cycle. Unlike past Firefox releases however, this one does not contain a ton of features and the release does not come with a big celebration.
After experiencing several delays with the release of Firefox 4 and noticing how successful Chrome became with their release cycle, Mozilla decided to move to a rapid lease cycle with finalized versions coming every three months. Firefox 5 came exactly three months later, right on schedule.
New features of Firefox 5 include:
- Support for CSS animations.
- Do-not-track preferences moved to the Privacy tab for better visibility.
- The Android version now supports do-not-track and panning performance is improved.
As you can see, this is quite a minor release with very few new features, similar to Chrome releases. Mostly performance and bug fixes.
Personally, I think they should have made the version number 4.1. Users who aren’t aware of their new cycle would be quite confused and x.x was considered a semi-major release in the past.
What do you think of Firefox 5 and their new release cycle? Share your thoughts in the comments.