Planned features for Firefox 3

In today’s Firefox 3 (code name Gran Paradiso) meeting, developers released a preliminary list of requirements for Firefox 3. The new target release date is sometime in the third quarter this year.

Among the list of mandatory requirements, read, what is the most likely to be included in Firefox 3 we have:

  • Improved interaction with Add-ons: clearer, more coherent language; less steps to install; more visible way to configure add-ons, probably to be moved back to the general Options window, which I hope deeply; more noticeable alerts when updates are available; a permanent restart Firefox button.
  • Support for remote bookmarks, bookmarks and history annotation.
  • Files could be handled by web services. If I am reading this correctly, this could mean you would be able to click on an attached document and open it with something like Writely or Google Documents. And perhaps, as I asked Santa, the ability to redirect mailto: links to web email services.
  • A much needed print support to prevent cut paragraphs and true WYSIWYG.
  • The much requested MSI installer which will be a much welcomed improvement for IT administrators as it will ease deployment and updating of Firefox across a company.
  • In the security front: support for Microsoft CardSpace and OpenID (check tomorrow’s article for more coverage on this). Smarter credentials handling.
  • Airbag, the Google backed open source crash reporting tool will replace currently licensed TalkBack.

Among the highly desirable requirements:

  • A private web browsing mode. I guess this would mean no cache, history, password or entered form information storage.
  • Save web pages as PDF files, integrated with history. That would be just awesome.
  • Support pause/resume downloads across sessions.
  • Make Firefox help accessible only while online. Not sure how good and idea this is.
  • Microformats support.

Nice to have:

  • Unified bookmarks/history. Does this mean no Places?
  • Support for Windows Vista parental controls. I really hope this one goes up in the priority list. This would be the first concrete downer for Firefox when confronted with Internet Explorer 7.
  • Tab grouping and expose. This sounds like Internet Explorer 7 Quick Tabs or the foxPose extension.
  • Windows Group Policy. Another blessing for IT administrators.
  • Allow add-ons to be installed without rebooting Firefox.
  • Simplified interface to manage downloads. Can it be simpler? Maybe exposing commands currently placed in the context menu.

You can read the complete Firefox 3 requirements at Mozilla Wiki.

151 thoughts on “Planned features for Firefox 3”

  1. I would like to recommend adding the ability to password protect firefox profiles. Reason being, many family members might use the same computer and have bookmarks not intended for the other users to be able to use/view or to have the freedom of changing configurations or other users profiles. It gives a whole other meaning of personalizing your firefox profile and keeping if personalized. I hope this helps for firefox 3.

  2. >The much requested MSI installer which will be a much welcomed improvement for IT administrators as it will ease deployment and updating of Firefox across a company.

    Oooooh, give me the sweet MSI!

  3. “Much requested” MSI installer? Was it really?

    I don’t know about anybody else but I absolutely DESPISE the MSI installer/framework! So slow, sluggish and buggy!

    Nullsoft’s NSIS is many multiple times superior.

    TBH, I wouldn’t be worried about “sysadmins”. These are the types that do IT admin for large corporate or Government offices – they will be leaving IE as the desktop as they are too dumb to try anything different.

    Any admin worth his salt will steer as far away as possible from MSI and use the most stable installer available, if indeed, any installer at all. This software can easily be slip-streamed into the XP installation. They will be able to make do, or even prefer to do without, an installer.

  4. Native Tag “bookmarks” support would be nice. Bookmark folders are so dead and restrictive. Many websites fit into more than one category

  5. Add a “send page” feature along with the current “send link”.

    Npt being able to “send page” is quite annoying. The add-on for sending a page is a poor imitation of the real thing.

  6. is mozilla firefox compatible with windows vista. I just bought this new computer that came with internet explora but I want Mozilla but some people have said it is not compatible yet. please let me know so I can download it.

  7. Two things (please? pretty please?)
    1. Tab window : The ability to split a tab out to an independent window (without reloading the page) and to tell a window to become a tab on another window.

    2. Multi-proxy : The ability to have different proxies for each window, or even each tab. As a developer I switch proxy 100+ times a day. In practice it is switching between the same pages as viewed via 3 different proxies.

    And for bonus points (or if #2 cannot be done)
    3. Independent-start option : The ability to start a new firefox process that will _not_ share cookies etc with the one already running. It should run as independantly as it can, so two firefoxes can be used in parallel, with different setups.

  8. Why does firefox not incorporate ‘word wrap’ into their browser?

    The bottom scroll bar is a real pain!!!

  9. Could that be accomplished to use Firefox instead of IE to view-download-update_Windows-etc???

    I’m not a developer but why not be able to use “my choice browser”

  10. Firefox needs to be multi-session like IE7…for example me and my girlfriend can both be logged into our face book accounts on same comp at same time using IE7 but not with Firefox…i don’t know if you can build an add on for this or just simply update the existing platform, but whatever the case this would help you corner the market as besides these points Firefox is a far superior browser and being able to multi session would be better not only for your home users but also for businesses…people dont want 2 browsers loaded on there desktop IE7 is a virus/spyware magnet and i would personally like to get rid of it but cannot due to that 1 drawback of firefox.
    please consider this firefox rocks and there is no need for them microsoft boneheads to have a step up on you in any aspect of the browser market,

    Thank You
    Jason Druet

  11. Features are fine but not without basic usability. That [plus speed] is why i’ve stayed with Opera and will continue to do so [instantly zoom and fit-to-width] your web pages!] until it’s built in [and not a klunky inferior extension].

  12. Okay so this might be a stretch for any web browser but it would give a search engine junkie like me a great tool.

    Here’s the scenarion;

    I open a browser window
    enter search keyword into the search bar

    hold the ctrl key down and open the six to 8 most interesting links related to my keyword in separate tabs

    I find the page I wish to view and grab the tab by its title and drag it to the desktop which in turn opens a new single browser of only THAT page

    Then I conveniently close the browser with the unwanted keyword tabs.

    Is this a dumb idea or what?

  13. About the Download management:
    It would be very nice to be able to pause a current download at any time and resume it days later.
    Because once close (Firefox) all current downloads are lost.

  14. Also I hope they can fix the bloat that’s in mozilla firefox 2, and hopefully that’s furfilled in firefox 3

  15. wow. i wish “show all bookmarks” manager thingy still had drag and drop. Also, any idea about getting an enter( or go ) button next to the address bar?

  16. will it also support css3 and previous standards of html and css . what new supports it is bringing for javascript and xml.

  17. Mozilla firefox 2 is even safer to browse with than Internet Explorer 8 or 9. The SSL technology which it uses it amazing! The safest software available on the planet to use. A person who does not know Mozilla firefox , must not be a net surfer !!!

  18. Dear sir,
    I would like to know if it is safe to use beta version as i newly shift from IE7 to firefox 2

    thanks
    Avinash

  19. I had to use Firefox to to read a web document that IE7 couldn’t. I decided to make Firefox my default browser and try it out. I really like the CTL+ for zooming but have to go back to using IE7 as my default browser because Firefox doesn’t wrap long lines which is a deal breaker. The whole ideal of a web browser is to help you read the web page so zooming and word wrapping are mandatory basic functionality above all else.

  20. From a regular user standpoint, not a serious IT guy.
    1) I like the speed of firefox, loads a hell of a lot faster then IE7
    2) The Bookmarks Toolbar is excellent, one reason I stuck with Firefox
    3) The download window is a major pain in my backside, its one more thing I have to click to get out of my view.
    Integrate it into the existing look of Firefox like up top to the right of the Help menu. Plenty of room there.
    4) Addons are so much easier in firefox, I agree with someone way up the list, dont make a permenant restart button, just make the addon install itself and restart itself back to the same page the user was browsing. Why ask just do it.
    5) A permenant button for fast browsing (No history/passwords) is a great idea, one touch on/off is all we need. Nothing complicated please!
    6) The FireFTP addon is one of the greatest addons in Firefox, a WYSIWYG with the majority of functions html coders need is defininetly lacking.
    7) For the love of God, please stay away from becoming “VISTA RETARDED”. Dont go security crazy, we just want to surf.
    8) The Mailto function working with web based email services would be excellent, I would give my l/r nut for that. Im sick of copy/pasteing it.
    Thanks thats all I have.

  21. What I really like in the FF2 is the ability create a shortcut of the current web page I’m viewing. I just need to drag and drop the address from the address bar to a folder or to the desktop (to create a shortcut).

    But what if I have for example 20 tabs open and I’d like to create shortcuts for everyone of them? Then I’ll have to do the same thing in each tab and that takes time!

    But wouldn’t it be great if it would be possible to create shortcuts for every tab in that current browser window a lot easier and at the same time for each.

    That’s why a feature should be added in the menu called for example “Send all the tabs/web pages in this current window…(create a shortcut)”. And then a option box would come and the user could choose to send them all to either to the desktop or to a folder he/she chooses.

    With a feature like that making shortcuts to web pages would become very easy and fast!

  22. I am something of a civil libertarian. In the days of the US Patriot act we all should be cognizant of the need to protect our rights for privacy from those who feel they have a right to investigate it for their own reasons, however noble or patriotic they seem. I am a user through Mozilla Firefox 3 Beta 5. I am disturbed that address bar history is kept even when other histories can be purged easily. This means that somewhere unavailable to the user is a file that persists in retaining personal information.

    Personal information should be kept by information privacy only when permission is given in advance. The default setting should be “keep no tracks” and the user should be called upon to choose what amounts of information is retained.

    Jim Bruce

  23. CleartType, ClearType, ClearType, Please ! (But not through windows appearance settings.)

  24. To whom this may concern,
    I have Firefox 3.0.5 and it’s running great on my ‘leopard’ mac. (MacPro). But, on my older version Power Mac G-5, it suddenly refused to open and now I have to be opening up the internet browser with ‘Safari’…which I DO NOT particularly like. I loose alot of extra options and convieniences which Firefox provides for me, and I can’t afford to have Firefox working on just ONE COMPUTER. The older mac (which Firefox is NOT responding to), has my printer and scanner connected. Please email me back and tell me what’s going on. It’s really strange that Firefox doesn’t want to open with my
    Power mac G-5 anymore. I’ll be waiting for a response! THANK YOU!

    -Catherine Esquivel

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