Mozilla Planning Four Major Firefox Releases In 2011

Open source software maker Mozilla looks set to release versions 4, 5, 6 and 7 of its Firefox web browser in 2011, if a draft roadmap is to be believed.

According to a draft Firefox roadmap strategy discovered by Download Squad, the company has listed the launch of Firefox 4, 5, 6 and 7 among its goals for 2011.

The move seems to be in response to the success of market rival Chrome, which has managed to gain a substantial share of the web browser market in a short amount of time. Google has been releasing a new Chrome version every three months or so, whereas rivals like Internet Explorer and Firefox take around a year to release a new version, and Mozilla are seemingly trying to emulate this.

The Firefox roadmap has been written by Firefox director Mike Beltzne who emphasised that it is necessary for Firefox to evolve with the changing, competitive market.

“This newly competitive market has presented challenges for the continued success of Firefox, and in 2011 we must ensure that we can deliver a product that is compelling to users in order to continue to be able to demonstrate our vision for the Web,” he wrote.