Mozilla plans to force the 12 million Firefox 3.5 users to upgrade to Firefox 4 but automatically updating their web browsers.
The company has long tried to convince users to abandon the aging web browser for the newer version, offering them notifications about upgrading to the latest version of the web browser. The company plans to implement the strategy in June, when it releases Firefox 5.
Christian Legnitto, the Firefox release manager, said in a mailing list that “We will force 3.6 on 3.5 stragglers not choosing to update to Firefox 4 or 3.6 (give them the stick).”
He later apologised for the choice of these words and added that only those who have selected the automatic update function will be upgraded to Firefox 3.6 and Firefox 4.
“The "forcing" was referring to the fact that these 3.5 stragglers (with automatic updates turned on) have been shown multiple in-product pop-ups urging them to update to Firefox 3.6, a popup urging them to update to 4.0, first run pages telling them to go to mozilla.com and get a newer version, etc. So far, they have not taken the updates for whatever reasons,” he added.
The company has been planning to death of Firefox 3.5 for a long time, but has never detailed how it plans to do so. If it goes ahead with the plan, it will be the first time a browser maker will implementing such a strategy to upgrade people from older versions to newer ones.