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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, 9)

Beta (10)

Aurora (11)

Nightly (12)

Find in Page works a lot better bug 171237 Smooth scrolling is on by default bug 198963 Window frame size on Windows fixed bug 618353

Firefox Mobile

  • Nightly
    • Sync is in!
  • Aurora
    • working on a process to uplift from nightly to aurora

Firefox Sync

Add-on Builder

  • The 1.0 Add-on Builder release date has been finalized, we'll be launching the site on February 15th.
  • There will be 1-2 more polish/hardening pushes before that date, with the final two weeks dedicated to extensive QA.

Add-on SDK

Release (1.4 -> Firefox 9, 10)

  • Released 1.4 last Tuesday, so far, so good.

Stabilization (1.5 -> Firefox 10, 11)

  • should spin up 1.5b1 today or tomorrow
  • beginnings of mobile work will be in 1.5
    • blog post soon about where we are starting with mobile
  • 1.5 release on track for Feb. 20, 2012

Development (1.6 -> Firefox 11, 12)

  • On track to merge to stabilization Feb 20, 2012

Feedback Summary


Firefox 9

  • Top issue: Yahoo messenger from Yahoo mail bug 713014
  • Mac Netflix broken in 9 (fixed in 10) for 64-bit Firefox. bug 715396
  • Possibly an issue with Ask toolbar breaking Flash (a couple people say using malware sweeper is needed to get rid of ask completely)
  • Possibly an issue with plugin container getting stuck with 100% CPU

Firefox 10:

  • A number of comments about speed/performance (a couple comments about shorter battery life)
  • (finnish email provider) compatibility
  • Youtube problems (some people say crash, some say it hangs/stutters)


UX & User Research

  • Starting Metro (Windows 8) UI effort this week.
  • Working with 4 students from MSU to move preferences in-content.
  • Papercuts cleanup for Sync in preparation for MWC still ongoing.
  • Q1 goals have been finalized, and will be posted shortly.

Market Insights

Desktop / Web Platform


As the first Tizen SDK is examined more closely, some analysts are noting that it does not use the Wayland display server, as some had expected. There has also been a nine-minute video posted of a Tizen session inside the SDK's emulator.


Sencha announced that the latest version of its Animator tool now supports Firefox versions 7+.


Google unveiled the Chromebox at the CES show in Las Vegas last week, a desktop version of the Chromebook. It is expected to use the new HTML5-based "window manager" called Aura, that provides a closer desktop experience. See the short demo video of Aura here.

Google Gmail released an updated version of their HTML5 web client, only available in the Google Chrome Web Store, that supports offline management of mail up to 31 days old.

Google Chrome

The Google Chrome security team made a formal post describing the core principles with which they approach security, signalling perhaps an increased focus on security in communications from the project.

The Chromium team is making an effort to ensure all tests in the MSIE Testcenter pass, marking their progress in this Google Docs spreadsheet.


The W3C has issued a call for comments for a Speech API

Gnome Epiphany

The GNOME project released GNOME 3.0, along with Epiphany 3.0, the default browser. It features WebkitGTK+ 1.4.0 and a number of UI refinements, including a completely reworked download UI.


A "source" column has been added to the CSS Profiler, allowing web developers to exactly which line of which CSS file is responsible for performance issues. Two new CSS properties, font-kerning and font-variant-ligatures, were enabled. A patch from a web developer working for the Baidu search engine in China was also received.


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • Motorola and Intel entered a multiyear partnership to produce Intel-based Android devices
  • CyanogenMod picking up among early-adopters, with the support of OEMs
  • Samsung announced the intention to merge Bada and Tizen. no decision yet
  • Nokia to reach a 11% smarthphone shipments marketshare in 2012, down to 8% in 2013
  • Web-enabled feature phones picking up interest from phone vendors
  • In 2010 an estimated 28% of all mobile handsets were smartphones in Western Europe, with an expected 37% in 2012 and 49% in 2015, reveals the European Mobile Observatory

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • 3.6 Update Display ad campaign currently live in English, with more locales coming soon.
  • Working on next Firefox update, including Firefox ESR, currently expected on Jan 31st.
  • Firefox Aurora online display ads campaign.
  • Ongoing - Firefox Aurora ads in Facebook
  • Firefox Aurora SEM campaign going live this week.
  • Firefox Aurora available in Affiliates Program
  • Firefox Beta communications and messaging


  • Facebook ads for tablets (ja doing the best at 0.09% CTR, de/fr/singapore/us)
  • Online media buy campaign for tablets ends this week - 82,000+ clicks delivered so far, analysis will be sent out after campaign ends
  • SEM campaign launch for tablets pending
  • Kicking off SEO efforts to streamline acquisition funnel
  • Finalizing marketing plan proposal for FF11 launch
  • native Fennec Beta communications and messaging
  • Preparing for MWC

Public Relations

Google, Mozilla, Wikipedia Fight SOPA Piracy Bill

Mozilla, Firefox join anti-SOPA strike

Black Duck Software Names 2011 Open Source Rookies of the Year

Has Firefox Lost Its Edge?

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • Nobody voiced a concern over the last week about recording this meeting.

Actions this week