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Firefox Won't be Able to Update Silently Until Version 12

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Mozilla just announced that the silent update feature for Firefox will not make into version 10. Mozilla has delayed the integration of this feature until version 12.

Version 12 is not scheduled for a final release until April 24 of 2012. According to the recent platform meeting minutes, the removal of the OS security dialog in Windows was moved out to version 11 and background updates were moved to version 12. "Risk" was the reason for both delays.

While silent updates are a somewhat controversial feature that could alienate some Firefox users who want to retain control over the browser by default, there is no doubt that the mainstream user actually prefers silent updates. Chrome has benefited from silent updates since its launch in 2008 and has since then changed the perception of silent updates being "forced" updates to "convenient" updates.

The delay on Mozilla's side raises concerns about the overall competitiveness of the browser, given a recent development that saw Firefox' market share dropping from second to third rank - behind Google's Chrome. Mozilla can't afford any delays in its product roadmap and this one could have impact on Firefox' market share in 2012 as well as chances at a successful comeback.

The history of browser market share has shown that new features in browsers typically require a setting time of about four to six months to show effect. Other new features waiting in the pipeline include Chrome migration tools and the Home Tab App.

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    Th-z , December 9, 2011 6:53 AM
    How about give the option to turn on or off? A lot of these "like and dislike" problems can be solved by giving people options.
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    SchizoFrog , December 9, 2011 6:49 AM
    So, in about 6 months then.
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  • 23 Hide
    Th-z , December 9, 2011 6:53 AM
    How about give the option to turn on or off? A lot of these "like and dislike" problems can be solved by giving people options.
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    ianj14 , December 9, 2011 7:10 AM
    This is so that a silent update cna get through that breaks the browser and screws up my PC, giving me work to reset my system for the sake of it.

    Please let us have a 'switch off silent updates' option.
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    _Pez_ , December 9, 2011 7:18 AM
    I do not like the idea of Forced Updates, If Firefox will do so, I see myself changing the browser to other like k-meleon.
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    Benihana , December 9, 2011 7:23 AM
    I never understood the purpose of silent updates for a web browser. The only time you need an updated browser is when you're going to peruse the web. So why not just update when you run it? I guess the rapid development cycle is planning to speed up to perhaps daily updates, where it might make sense.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , December 9, 2011 7:25 AM
    I LOATHE silent installs. Very annoying to keep track of.
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    nikorr , December 9, 2011 7:36 AM
    No harm done : )
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    lucky015 , December 9, 2011 8:37 AM
    Th-zHow about give the option to turn on or off? A lot of these "like and dislike" problems can be solved by giving people options.

    Simple Tickbox under General in the Settings. Firefox is favored by many because of its ability to be customized, Continue with it FFS.
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    Anonymous , December 9, 2011 11:21 AM
    I run on 500 MB a month because I am at uni. If firefox goes to silent updates, I might aswell go back to IE.

    Google never changed the perception of FORCED updates. People just deal with it because it's a fast browser, and most people don't even know what is happening.

    The best things to focus on for Mozilla is to minimize memory consumption, maximize speed and fully conform with open standards. They already have every other browser beat when it comes to the rest of the garbage.
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    belardo , December 9, 2011 12:18 PM
    AKA, firefox 5... right?

    Lucky for me, I won't have to worry about silent updates from ff as I'll never ever EVER install it.

    _Pez_I do not like the idea of Forced Updates, If Firefox will do so, I see myself changing the browser to other like k-meleon.

    There is Opera... and as it is, ff4x has copied the user interface of opera 10~11 (Ver 11.60 came out 2 days ago) Real versions, not stupid marking numbers.

    We'll laugh as ff numbers slide even faster with their stupid marketing games.
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    jimmy-bee , December 9, 2011 12:25 PM
    Forced updates and silent, no way.
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    belardo , December 9, 2011 12:39 PM
    firefox 5.0... coming soon.

    Where we'll silently rape your computer every few days.
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    notsleep , December 9, 2011 12:52 PM
    next up firefox version 2,890.0...with only 1 bug fix and half-ass implementation of a new feature. :p 
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    phatboe , December 9, 2011 12:59 PM
    It's official, I just made Opera my default web browser. I am sick of Mozilla trying to be Chrome. Had I wanted FF to be more like Chrome I would have downloaded Chrome.
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    soundping , December 9, 2011 2:20 PM
    Knock knock. Who's there? ...Candygram
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    alidan , December 9, 2011 2:50 PM
    _Pez_I do not like the idea of Forced Updates, If Firefox will do so, I see myself changing the browser to other like k-meleon.


    forced updates is about the only thing that would get me to stop using firefox. i know how to get around the compatibility checks, but that doesn't mean that the extensions will always work.


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    bobusboy , December 9, 2011 3:54 PM
    As long as I can turn the feature off it doesn't bother me one bit.
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    figgus , December 9, 2011 6:23 PM
    Great! Silent updates to break AdBlock and NoScript and render my technically unsavvy relatives' computers useless until I help them straighten it out.

    Who are the morons in these project planning discussions who (poorly) decide what is on the software roadmap?

    Also, STUPID VERSION NUMBERS ARE STUPID. Film at 11.
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    gm0n3y , December 9, 2011 8:03 PM
    As a techie, I do not like the idea of background auto-updates. But as a web dev I really like them. It would be awesome to not have to code/test every version for all the browsers. IE is the real problem, but FF has bugs in earlier versions too.
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