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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# 99696 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 99696 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: ProductCoordination
  • Vidyo Guest URL
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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

  • 14.0.2 respin for Firefox Android only is underway due to high level of crashes on JB bug 769893
  • 15.0b3 is built and handed off to QA for testing
  • 14.0.1 Post-mortem notes from yesterday
  • 10.5 EOL schedule: warning will be given sometime between the next two merges (8/28, 10/9) and then a "no longer supported" notification on Firefox 17's release (11/20)


Firefox Desktop

Release (14, 10esr)

Beta (15)

Aurora (16)

Nightly (17)

Firefox Mobile

Release (14)

Beta (15)

  • Uplifts are trailing off (\o/)

Aurora (16)

  • More testing of ARMv6 builds. Looking for stability and limits.
  • Might be unblocking Flash on some tegra2 phones

Nightly (17)


Firefox Sync

Apps In the Cloud Server

Add-on SDK

Release (1.8 -> Firefox 13, 14)

Stabilization (1.9 -> Firefox 15, 16)

Development (1.10 -> Firefox 16, 17)

Landing progress:

  • loader!



Feedback Summary


  • Flash repainting is broken/tearing while scrolling bug 778646 -- Generally Flash is still an issue.
  • A few updates on issues from last week:
    • Crashiness is still a major thing
    • Netflix on Mac was determined to be a Silverlight issue
    • Bitdefender crashes seem to be better.
    • We're seeing malware sneak into the top 50 -- which is a sign that issues are dying down.


UX & User Research

UX Design

  • [desktop]
    • [Australis] - continued customization view exploration on drag/drop, afforadances, and animations - see it here in the design prototype (Zhensuo, bwinton)
    • [dev tools] (Brian Dils)
      • revisions to the Inspector UX
      • keyboard shortcuts for Dev Tools
      • worked on Dev Tools UX framework
    • [Social API] (Boriss)
      • UX reviews on current completed, more bugs to be filed this week around style tweaks and behavior problems apparent once landed in aurora
      • Activation patch landed on bug 764869 - next stage is specific design proposal for activation screen for specific partner
      • Aurora uplift this week - will be soliciting, compiling, responding to first (internal) user feedback
      • Will be working with devs to make sure "flyover" content panels for specific partner feel and look as intended
    • [hometab/newtab] Restarting work with research review and conceptual sketches (Boriss)
    • [stub installer] Continuing to support development - WIP build coming very soon (madhava, shorlander)
  • [metro] (yuan)
    • Went through a major iteration on main layout for better control mapping. New mockups are coming.
    • Designing and testing animated tab indicator options
    • Pdf.js is supported on Metro!! Performance of content sizing is improved.
    • Keyboard shortcuts for basic operations are getting implemented. Looking into cases that need keyboard customization, e.g. awesomescreen.
  • [sync/identity] scoping new work and creating slightly revised wireframes; ongoing identity user-research (zhenshuo)
  • [android] (ibarlow)
    • reading mode/list
      • - styling tweaks to Reader Mode (heads up - we might not be able to use Open Sans as our font, due to licensing restrictions. Verifying this, and also pushing to see if we can license other fonts instead)
      • bug 766942 - Reader Mode toolbar tweaks
      • bug 771380 - large gap btwn reader mode and lock, which turned into removing favicons from the URL bar
      • looking into font licensing so we can use a great reading font
      • Continue exploring Reading List enhancements
    • user retention
      • bug 774479 - Google Play review solicitation - basic infrastructure built
      • C2DM
    • general
      • working on refining our font inflation algorithm bug 777089 (this is actually very interesting!)
      • bug 686528 - about:home tweaks
      • Trying to hire some production help

Market Insights

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


  • Welcome Sam Mott! He will be working on Product Marketing for Fennec
  • The first Tiger Team campaign launched last week - PR outreach celebrating Firefox hitting 3 Billion add-on downloads, Mark has that review below
  • Our project to optimize Downloads - a key product initiative - reached a large milestone this week with the switch to CDNs
  • Firefox 15/16 launch comms planning happening this week


Mozilla Firefox Add-ons hit 3 billion downloads

Infographic: Firefox Add-On Downloads Top 3 Billion

Silent update speeds Firefox 14 uptake

Mozilla Looks for Start-up Cross Pollination with New Berlin Office

Mozilla Will Nearly Double SF Office, Add 125 People In Early 2013

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • FYI: Jaclyn will be transitioning PMM Fennec role to Sam. Thanks for everything all!
  • FYI: Rating/Feedback solicitation plans for Fennec

Actions this week