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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PT, 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


Firefox Desktop

Current Releases

  • Firefox 18.0 was released yesterday
    • Throttled due to Patch Tuesday, unthrottled starting tomorrow
    • We're on the lookout for l10n issues upon upgrade, esp. around langpacks
  • Firefox 10.0.12esr (our final planned 10-series ESR) and Firefox 17.0.2esr were both released yesterday

Beta (128)

  • Firefox 19.0b1 is still on track for release tomorrow morning, after a couple of required desktop re-spins
  • Of special note for testing/feedback is pdf.js

Aurora (54)

  • Firefox 20.0a2 is planned to be enabled on Friday
  • Notable features: per-window private browsing, new download experience, plug-in hang UI

Nightly (129)

Firefox Metro

  • Transition of PM responsibilities from Erin/Martin to Marco is complete.
  • Asa is nearing completion of updating all Metro feature requirements (user stories).
  • PM goals for the Work Week have been communicated to the Project Team:
    • Assess the completeness of the work (Definition of Done) from the previous Sprint #1 and Sprint #2.
    • Pull work for the new upcoming sprint.
    • Develop a forecast release plan and baseline MVP for the entire Metro Project.
  • Draft agenda for planning session has been communicated to the Project Team:
  • Team has been provided with brief reference reading material to prepare for the planning:
  • Remainder of week dedicated to preparing remaining materials for Work Week.

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

  • we broke 2million ADIs
  • 4.2 rating

Beta (128)

  • Firefox 19 reduces the minimum CPU requirement to 600mhz. We'll be unblocking the devices at upon release
  • 4.5 visual stars in the play store!!!!!
  • feedback from the beta audience shows issues with our new share menu
    • backed out on trunk now, will be backed out on aurora and beta before the next beta

Aurora (54)

  • Similarly, Firefox 20 reduces the memory requirement to 384MB
  • toolchain update to ndk r8c and gcc 4.6, improved performance and memory usage
  • about:home customizations
  • HTML5 context menus
  • Tab selector changes for private browsing

Nightly (129)

  • Rolled back Share menu behavior



Firefox Sync

Product Announcements

Add-on SDK

Release (1.12 -> Firefox 18, 19)

Stabilization (1.13 -> Firefox 19, 20)

Development (1.14 -> Firefox 20, 21)

  • we're on track to merge from larch to m-i next week.
  • if all goes according to plan, SDK 1.14 will be the last version of the SDK that bundles the APIs
  • if you're curious, I drafted an implementation plan with timelines



Feedback Summary


Lots of good feedback already:

  • Firefox 18 is really faster than the older versions. I love the themes in Firefox. Its really nice and the best browser :)
  • I love the new speed, excellent work !  :-)
  • Retina support looks wonderful. I know that was a hard task. Great job, people! Unbelievable difference. Yay!

Possible issues:

  • Java issue in 18: Not CTP related. Receive a missing plugin error even on latest version. [1]
  • A couple of Retina related display issues. More details in bug 828032 & bug 828514


UX & User Research

  • [Privacy & Security] Brownbag: Title: Designing Meaningful Security and Privacy (in a world where no one cares?) -- Larissa Co
    • Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013 at noon PST in MV Ten Forward
  • MWC prep, First-run thinking, continuing Metro refinement

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform


W3C and HTML5


Marketing, Press & Public Reaction



  • ADIs: We're seeing a downward spike in ADIs -- this is normal and we always see it in late Dec early Jan. It should spike back up either the third of fourth week of Jan
  • Firefox 18 - Launched yesterday! Woo hoo! The two consumer/industry facing highlights include the speed increase of some Web Apps and games due thanks to IonMonkey, and also our support of Mac Retina Display. Read all about it.
  • Check out this great before/after Retina Display graphic: What $500 of sharpness gets you
  • Currently running a a/b test on our download page - which version will win: our current page or this new design? Results next week...


  • FX18 released yesterday, and outbound communications featured Search Suggestions and Phishing and Malware protection. FX 19 communications will focus on light-weight themes, language support for zh-tw / zh-cn, and expanded ARMv6 support (adding 13MM+ devices to our TAM).
  • Upcoming Communications include release blogs for FX18 and FX19, blog on the Den, Three social posts, a Firefox & You newsletter, and community evangelism focused on promoting new language support.

Questions, Comments, FYI

Actions this week

  • Marco to move metro planning docs to wikimo