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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Fin du Monde Conference Room
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)

Video/Teleconference Details - NEW

  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 95312 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 95312 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: Warp Core
  • Vidyo Guest URL
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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 8)

Beta (9)

Aurora (10)

  • Silent update
    • Finishing work for Removal of OS security dialog for Windows. Expect to be ready to land early next week.
    • Finishing work for Add-ons default to compatible. Few outstanding bugs.

Nightly (11)

  • Silent update
    • Background updates on hold until completion of Removal of OS security dialog for Windows.
  • m_kato fixed and landed the first half of Chrome Profile Migration (Cookies, History, Bookmarks)

Firefox Mobile

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder

  • No release this week, change set has a few unresolved bugs
  • Q4 goals are on-track
  • Socialized plans for Builder appification in 2012 w/ Kevin Dangoor. I'll be incorporating his feedback in a more detailed roadmap/product plan by week's end.

Add-on SDK

Release (1.3 -> Firefox 8, 9)

  • Add-on SDK 1.3 released yesterday!
  • Jorge Villalobos ran performance tests on the SDK and Fx Beta
    • empty add-on only added 11ms to start up
    • random, complicated add-on added 22ms to start-up
    • working on a system to run perf tests on the jetpack project tree bug 702684

Stabilization (1.4 -> Firefox 9, 10)

  • Development branch merged to Stabilization yesterday
  • Even more performance improvements!
    • we landed a brand new, simplified, loader
    • we simplified the XPI layout bug 660629
    • we will measure these new additions to look for more performance gains
  • 1.4 scheduled to ship on January 10, 2012

Development (1.5 -> Firefox 10, 11)

  • Still ongoing discussions about l10n - bug 691782 and in etherpad
  • Development branch scheduled to merge to stabilization on January 10, 2012

Feedback Summary


  • Something about the holidays spurs people to have malware :( The following are taking over people's searches. All of these were around before but they've moved up in the complaint ranking.
    • Bigseekpro
    • Babylon search
    • Bearshare websearch
    • Searchqu
  • Outlook WebAccess bug 703015
  • Java doesn't work (no necessarily Java Console): bug 704741
  • Complaints about Google's pushout of Google+
  • Bookmark icon loss (as before)


UX & User Research

Market Insights

Web Technology

Google Chrome

ANGLE now has full OpenGL support for windows

Google's ANGLE library for supporting OpenGL on Windows now passes the GL ES 2.0 implementation. ANGLE translates OpenGL calls into their Direct3D 9 equivalents, allowing Chrome to use a single open graphics standard across all platforms. more

Chrome beta now syncs entire profiles for shared computers

Google added a new feature that lets people who use a shared computer each have their own personalized Chrome, and lets them each sign in to Chrome to sync their information. more

Google Chrome beta has Quota Management for local storage

The latest version of Chrome browser has the first concept and its implementation of Quota Management API . It handles quota for AppCache, IndexedDB, WebSQL and File System API. more


1,079 changes landed in the WebKit and Chromium repositories. Notifications were added for screen wake-ups and unlocks, and CSS Transforms now partially work on SVG elements. The Gamepad API also landed. A low-entropy, shared secret authentication protocol called P244 was added to Chromium. The ability to create desktop shortcuts for Chrome Profiles has been implemented for Windows.

Ad inside Chrome browser itself

Users of Google Chrome noticed an in-browser ad for Chromebooks, likely the first time that Google had used the browser itself to deliver advertising. more



IE9 made PCWorld's 100 best products of 2011, Internet Explorer 9 comes in at #19, the only major browser to make the list this go around. more


Microsoft released the 4th preview edition of IE10 which can be tested on Windows 8. It adds support for Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), blobBuilder from the File:Api:Writer specification, and the user-select property in CSS. It also improves quirks mode to make it more consistent with those in Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera.his updated quirks mode supports quirks for page layout, while allowing use of more up-to-date standards features like HTML5 elements for audio, video, canvas, and more. more


The latest snapshot of Opera 12 now supports CORS, and their Dragonfly web development tool now has Style Profiling which provides a performance profile of the entire process of building a web page, allowing web developers to optimize their style selectors.


Avant said they would release a new browser in early 2012 that had support for the WebKit, Gecko, IE7 and IE9 rendering engines.

Development tools: QualityBots

Google released Qualitybots, a tool that allows users to create batch webpage comparisons across Chrome channels by utilizing EC2 machines. The resulting comparisons will help webpage designers and Chrome app developers understand how their work will fare in future Chrome versions.


Microsoft said that hackers are launching millions of attacks on Java installations, and that, sadly, 60% of Java installations lacked an 18-month-old Java security update. more


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • Amazon answered to Congress on privacy in the Silk browser
  • Security and privacy constitute a rising concern on mobile
  • Panasonic to enter European and North American markets with Android-based smartphones
  • Yandex to be the default search engine in Windows Phone 7 devices in Russia
  • Windows Phone 7 devices to launch in China in 2012
  • Samsung's Cortex-A15 chips have been unveiled, to come to devices in Q2 next year
  • Telefonica started testing a mobile payment and ID card system based on NFC technology

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Questions, Comments, FYI

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