I've just read the FF4 preview and some slides with the plans and future of the much loved FireFox browser. Like all their projects, it’s open to any interested parties, and as always, it never really disappoints.
Some highlights of the preview will have to be the relentless chasing after speed, the internet is filled with information, to get through that information is vitally important, and to get through it quick is more important. Searching or surfing the net has always been associated with doing it fast, pages must load quickly, evenly and eventually it must not load at all, it must appear like a book's page!
With the FF4 it’s no different, the speed hunt continues!
Results of Current Browser speeds - FF4 has to catch up - but look at IE8...and the bar is grey as well!
Like all other new browsers, IE8/9 and Opera etc, the hunt for Add Ons to personalize your internet experience is no different to the proposed new FF. More Add Ons means a richer user experience and a more personalized surf session. But for most people, I think it boils down to speed again, by making it personal, you don't have to retype your passwords each and every time you go visit FaceBook, you don't have to retype your favorite website every time...personalization to this extent goes miles in speeding up the initial loading and accessing process that leads to the surfing session being enjoyed. So much so, that you even forget about the surfing session at all, to where you actually come to expect every page to be instant!
FireFox has always been different with its look and feel, different from Microsoft's dull grey even up and until the IE8 they are adamant with the color. This new FF adopts an Opera-like see through effect, they call it the Glass skin...in the frames it looks cool, fresh and looks like a place you'd want to spend hours on!
Like previous FF's it has to be said that it get's the job done, people or users don't really care what browser they are using, loyalty in this regard leans toward the browser with the best performance, in other words, speed! Most of the time our browsing sessions are meant to be quick, we need to content to appear as quick as possible. With so many features added (Ad Ons) to browsers nowadays one would mistake it for focusing too much on the personalization of the browsing session rather than the session's intent, to view pictures, to view videos, to read, to write, etc. I have no issue with Ad Ons, as I believe they make all these "intentions" quicker, faster, more easier, it makes the browsing session much more efficient!
With Google's Chrome being accused of "spying" on the users of the browser with their relentless suggestions and feedback, it is said that they, Google, somehow monitor your session and then spam you with countless suggestions of what you'd like to view based on your viewing history. I've tested this to the maximum with IE8 and all, I repeat all its suggestions are wrong! People are somehow worrying about the security aspect of all this functionality and Ad Ons being supported by the browser...
With the advent of this new standard being adopted all over the interweb nowadays, Web 2.0 has spurred on its worldwide adoption. Developers will focus on HTML5 with the build of the new FF making sure it adopts Web 2.0 forced content...like video and text editing, photo editing etc. Especially with the supposed security risk Flash poses - how true this is stands for another debate.