Firefox 4 Launch Set For March 22nd

Open source software maker Mozilla has stated that Firefox 4 will finally be launched on March 22nd, that is if no major bugs are found.

Damon Sicore, the senior director of platform engineering at Firefox, said that the company had decided that the release candidate of Firefox 4 would become the final version, provided that no major major bugs are uncovered.

The company, which rolled-out out the first release candidate last week, was expected to launch the RC1 in November but pushed the launch back. Mozilla finally delivered the RC after issuing 12 beta versions.

“Today's triage session concluded with all systems go for a Firefox 4 launch on March 22nd. We will continue to have triage sessions on a daily basis to watch for major issues; however, at this point, we've concluded RC1 will become Firefox 4 final.” Sicore wrote on Firefox mailing list.

However, he also added, “If at any time we discover issues that would block final release, we would issue an RC2 as soon as possible, reset the ship date, and communicate to everyone.”

The launch of Firefox 4 comes around the same time as Microsoft have released the final version of Internet Explorer 9, which received more than 2 million downloads within the first 24 hours.