Today we’re going to release the third beta revision of Firefox 4. We’ve been keeping close to our scheduled cadence of a beta release every two weeks, and putting our changes in front of users early and often has yielded – as we’d hoped – fantastic feedback.
We’ve actually gotten so much great feedback from users that we’ve had to create new tools to help us interpret it all. These tools allow us to navigate the 3-4 thousand feedback submissions we’re getting every day, calling out clusters of similar comments and allowing us to gather lists of websites that are reported to have compatibility problems. It’s also nice to see what changes are resonating positively with users on a week-by-week basis!
Over the next two planned beta releases we expect to add more web-developer and user-facing features to Firefox 4, at which point we’ll hit what we call “feature freeze.” After that point, we will spend all of our time fixing bugs and polishing the release for our hundreds of millions of users. It’s during this time that many of the bugs created from feedback reports will be addressed. So keep on letting us know what you like about the new betas, and what isn’t working well for you, and we’ll keep on working with you to make sure that Firefox 4 is moar awesome.