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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PDT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Finch 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

  • More than 20 of you filled out the "How effective is this meeting?" survey, thank you!
    • Mean and Median results for usefulness were 8/10, which is lovely to hear
    • There was also some concrete feedback that I'll think about/work on

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 11, 10esr)

  • FF11 was completely unthrottled yesterday (3/20) after evaluating crashes/feedback
    • General post-mortem to be held next Wednesday - meeting incoming
  • Major update from FF3.6 to FF11 went out yesterday
  • Preparations are being made for 3.6 EOL and FF13's support changes
    • Please attend Tuesday/Thursday channel meetings at 2PM PT in Warp Core to bring up any unaddressed concerns

Beta (12)

  • Firefox 12 beta 2 to be released Friday, includes a fix for bug 725152

Aurora (13)

  • Aurora 13 updates were enabled Monday (3/19)

Nightly (14)

  • [10.7] add fullscreen support for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Use Google's HTTPS search by default
  • about:home Visual Refresh & Launcher
  • Make toolbar buttons borderless in the default state
  • Adjust toolbar color for Australis
  • Find in Page: always centering highlighted result makes it hard to see relative positions of multiple results

Firefox Mobile

  • Schedule for first native release
    • we plan to ship mobile off of FF13, this will involve significant uplift to aurora over the next few weeks

Firefox Sync

  • New:
    • Sync will be supporting Boot2Gecko
      • requires the Desktop client async rewrite, browsierid integration, & sync 2.0
    • log4moz will be leaving /services to /toolkit
      • and will get updated and made async as well. \o/
  • Bears Repeating:
    • App Sync for App store ('aitc', Apps In The Cloud): In Progress
      • expected out in June.
      • for Marketplace, durable storage for app receipts, Note: sync is not building the client portion, only the server
    • Android Sync : In Progress
    • Sync 2.0 protocol/Persona(BrowserID) auth integration: In Progress
      • THIS WILL BE A FLAG DAY: clients will not be backwards compatible or interoperable with existing versions
      • representing significant changes on front & back ends
      • if you know someone maintaining a sync client outside of Firefox Desktop & Android Sync, tell them to talk to :ally asap: 2.0 will break their code

Add-on Builder

  • weekly push today
  • roadmap with last accepted features and support path will be published by EOW

Add-on SDK

Release (1.5 -> Firefox 10, 11)

  • Nothing new to report

Stabilization (1.6 -> Firefox 11, 12)

  • Pushed Add-on SDK 1.6RC1 yesterday
    • Landed brand new, prettified docs
  • Still on track to release 3 April, 2012

Development (1.7 -> Firefox 12, 13)

Other Add-ons News



  • WebRT Mobile
    • Wrapping up one round of work on Android WebRT using WebKit
    • Scoping effort around Android WebRT using Gecko with mobile team
  • WebRT Desktop
    • Days away from landing patches for native app install and launch for FF14
  • App submissions live at
  • Come see what's new in Apps at the weekly Show and Tells Fridays at 12pm PST

Feedback Summary


  • Firefox 11 was a pretty light release SUMO-wise (Input-wise, average). Here are the top issues and their status(es):
    • Complaints about the new image viewer (and it breaking some sites/extensions)
    • An increase in the number of people losing bookmarks/passwords/sessions on update: [1][2][3][4][5][6]
    • Microsoft Security Essentials hangs Firefox when downloading files (possibly fixed)
    • Slow page loads after update (may be caused by NoScript): [7]
    • Print Selection instead prints a blank page bug 736915
    • Links opening in a new tab or new tab loading in a new window. Caused by Tab Utilities, since fixed.


UX & User Research

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform


  • A Google Chrome developer posted a detailed Google+ post about how the team is working embedding a full DNS resolver in Chrome in an effort to improve performance.
  • The Google NativeClient team posted some of their presentations at the Game Developers Conference on the web, noting that NaCl "runs C/C++ code in a web page, without plugins." Google is presenting NaCl as part of an overall solution to enable traditional game developers to reach new users on the web. "We like to say that Chrome is the modern gaming browser."
  • The V8 Javascript engine team released an updated V8 benchmark, which now includes 2D fluid dynamics simulations. The team notes that Chromium 19 performs 25% better on the benchmark than version 17.
  • Chrome, in development builds, now has an experimental Managed Mode API, which will "allows one person to manage the Chrome experience for another person by pre-configuring and then locking a managed User profile."


  • Microsoft released more information about "enhanced protected mode" for IE10. Among other changes, instances of Internet Explorer running in the Metro interface will require specific permissions to access different aspects of the operating system, eg the Documents folder, using an extension of the "brokering" system first released with IE8. Networking restrictions will also reduce threats to intranets from malicious internet applications. Currently, Adobe Flash is incompatible with the technology.
  • Bloomberg reported that Windows 8 will launch in October.



  • HP launched the website, and noted that its Nyx platform portability layer, merged with version 3.3 of the Linux Standard Kernel, had been released.


Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • ICS 4.0.5 update rumoured for the Galaxy Nexus
  • China now leads the world in iOS and Android activations
  • Samsung Galaxy S III said to launch in April
  • Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 7 Tango for the Chinese market
  • Nokia is working on a Windows 8 tablet
  • Dolphin browser has a new website
  • Some free Android apps use more energy to display ads than for core function
  • Android and iOS have taken over the majority of revenue in the US portable gaming industry
  • Sony releases open source code for Xperia S ROM
  • Sony release new "floating touch" screen technology

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • Desktop
    • Working on Blog posts for next release cycle
    • Product Narratives for 2012
    • Feature Based Release Plan
    • 3.6 EOL
  • Mobile
    • Will be sending out tablet ad campaign report end of this week
    • Preparing for Beta launch
    • Finalizing plans and starting to execute for GA launch


Questions, Comments, FYI

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