Is Firefox Going Too Fast For Its Own Good

Firefox specialist and consultant Mike Kaply questioned Firefox’s rapid release scheduling and its negative impact on businesses:

Case in point: Firefox 4 was only released in March. Now, three months later Firefox 5.0 is out in stable release. Hence, Mozilla has ceased supporting Firefox 4.

Kaply points out that this breakneck update schedule may “work for the average user” but “it doesn’t fly in [a] corporate environment, especially places like banks”. “Expecting a company to go through a full deployment cycle of their web browser every six week is simply ludicrous.”

It’s a valid point. Banks and corporate businesses should stay with version 3.6 then, while the rest of us get the latest and greatest Firefox. It just shows that it is difficult to make everyone happy. They say development was too slow. Now, it’s too fast. What gives.

Rapid development and releases will be the norm going forward. Businesses just have to adapt to them.

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