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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

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Release (3.6, 11, 10esr)

Beta (12)

  • Beta 3 going to build today, released Friday

Aurora (13)

  • Win2k/XP SP1 desupport meeting to be held Thursday (email akeybl if you'd like to be included)

Nightly (14)

  • Lots of work has landed for the cycle collector focusing on two open tabs (GMail + wikimo) scenario. More work coming for multiple tabs and add-on scenarios.
  • bug 714712 add built-in PDF support to Firefox with PDF.js
  • Patrick McManus [:mcmanus] checked in a bunch of awesomeness around http pipelining

Firefox Mobile

Aurora (13)

  • Uplifted many non-graphics related patches. More to come.
  • Will uplift graphics changes after we get a handle on crashes

Nightly (14)

  • Mostly working on blockers that will be uplifted to Aurora
  • Doing some planning for new projects in the pipeline
    • Web apps is a high priority project. Several patches getting ready to land
    • Remote debugging patches resulted from DevTools workweek
    • Native Tablet UI designs and bugs appearing
    • and more...

Firefox Sync

  • Sync has nothing new to report. Building & bugfixing continues.

Add-on SDK

Release (1.5 -> Firefox 10, 11)

  • Nothing to report

Stabilization (1.6 -> Firefox 11, 12)

  • Spinning up 1.6RC2 today to take in a small bug-fix patch
  • Release 1.6 next Tuesday. April 3

Development (1.7 -> Firefox 12, 13)

Other Add-ons News



  • Working towards consumer beta Apr. 24. Nothing specific to call out.

Feedback Summary

SUMO team is in a workweek this week (offsite today) so you get a read-the-wiki (aka silent) update.




  • TypeError: Components.classes[cid] new culprit in Fx11: Orbit Downloader.
  • About 40% of the remaining support forum complaints are unwanted software/homepage/"features" of some sort (Text Enhance, Searchqu, Skipity, babylon Most of these have been around for months.


UX & User Research

Market Insights

Desktop / Platform


  • A Wall Street Journal article, summarizing research from Kantar Media, said that Google quadrupled advertising spending in the USA to $213m. Television advertising increased to $70m in 2011 from $6m in 2010.
  • Google Play, formerly known as the Android Market, now has updated reporting tools for app publishers to understand their sales.
  • In Chromium, CSS Shaders are now arriving, as well as SPDY/3 and flow control.
  • Google has received a patent for "Deep Shot", a process by which running application state can be moved between mobile and desktop devices by means of a mobile camera.


  • Opera released 11.62, a minor update
  • They also made a new release of Opera 12, which now has 64-bit versions for Windows and Mac, supports HTML5 Drag and Drop and partial support for CSS3 animations. 64-bit support is enabled by running plugins out-of-process.
  • They also released an updated version of their Opera Mobile Emulator, which runs on Windows, Mac, or Linux.


  • A blogger at MSDN posted a detailed summary of how Enhanced Protected Mode in Internet Explorer works.
  • Other posts at the IEBlog detailed the default settings for how Windows 8 will launch a browser and describes its support for IndexedDB, including the submission of 100 test cases to the W3C working group.
  • Microsoft also submitted a proposal to the IETF for HTTP Speed+Mobility as part of the group's HTTP 2.0 discussions. Microsoft describes its suggestions as extending SPDY to focus more on the needs of mobile devices.
  • The Windows Phone App Hub is now open to accept applications from 23 new countries from around the world.


  • The Microsoft Malware Protection Center said that there is a new exploit circulating that makes use of a recent Java exploit to take over systems. Other security researchers have said that this exploit is now available in the BlackHole exploit kit, and indeed the Blackhole kit's author is advertising such an update.


  • Gnome 3.4 is close to arriving, and the Epiphany browser team has a good post summarizing the changes in the default GNOME browser. Most notably the UI has been streamlined considerably.



Summary below, full update here and in your inbox.

  • The Dolphin browser now has a Chrome extension to sync bookmarks
  • Opera released Opera Mini 7
  • Device updates to ICS are slow to be deployed
  • The Play Store has been introduced into the Google black navigation bar
  • Reports of Chome OS being tested on ARM architecture
  • Windows Phone app development encouraged with $24 million from Microsoft and Nokia
  • Nokia Lumia 900 to enter US market with mid-range pricing
  • LTE phone shipments to grow tenfold in 2012, account for 10% of smartphone shipments
  • Baidu search engine is rumoured to be introduced to iOS along Google
  • FTC calls for Do Not Track option for mobile apps

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • Expanding from Developer Tools to Developer Experience (kdangoor and dbuc)
  • Etherpadifying these notes during the calls?
  • Kilimanjaro!
  • Problems with 3rd party software: a reminder that there is partner team at Mozilla, who may have a relationship with organizations whose software interacts with Mozilla products and services in sub-optimal ways. Should you come across such software and it makes you cross, please consider contacting Kev Needham, Susan Chen, and/or Stormy Peters to see if we can reach out to those orgs to make it better. Please feel free to share this with friends, family, and colleagues.

Actions this week