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Firefox/Gecko Delivery Planning: 2013-07-24

Filed under: Posts — Tags: — Jesper Kristensen @ 11:00 pm

Schedule & Progress onUpcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Beta (23)

  • Second to last beta is on Thursday (July 25th) aka TOMORROW

Firefox Metro

  • Iteration #11 ends on Friday July 26.
    • Forecast completion this iteration is 60 – 80 points.
    • Achieving a point closure anywhere within the above range would positively impact our expected, optimistic and pessimistic development complete forecasts.
    • QA working on the Iteration #1 – #10 regression testing.
    • Working with Asa to schedule a Metro Preview Release which will be reviewed by the team at our weekly Monday meeting.
    • Receiving an update from Marketing on Monday regarding the progress of the promotional campaign to increase the Metro user base for testing.
  • Iteration #12 runs from July 29, 2013 – August 12, 2013

ID Summary Priority Status
895669 Change – Disable access to about:addons P1 ASSIGNED
888236 Defect – Crash in nsIFrame::GetNearestWidget P1 ASSIGNED
845152 Story – NewUI – Access and dismiss the new Firefox app bar P1 ASSIGNED
869940 Story – Widget\WinRT Metro APZC – Part II: Development P1 ASSIGNED
893781 Defect – Restart after update button no longer works P1 ASSIGNED
831924 Story – Access the tabs bar P1 ASSIGNED
892512 Story – Make the Start UI Responsive P1 ASSIGNED
886563 Story – Browser can display tab-modal, metro-styled prompts – Part I P1 ASSIGNED
894949 Defect – Plural form strings are excessively complex for both devs and translators P2 ASSIGNED
896097 Change – Remove on-screen buttons when auto-complete is visible P2 ASSIGNED
886942 Story – Initiate a file download and display the downloads app bar – Part II P2 ASSIGNED
856712 Defect – HTTPS certificate Visit Site/Add permanent exception buttons are not working P2 ASSIGNED
890148 Defect – “Find Bar” transition sluggish/slow P2 ASSIGNED
892425 Defect – Layout in grid with bookmarks changes after navigation, also displays scrollbars P2 ASSIGNED
773817 Story – Get talos tests running in Win8 Metro immersive mode P3 ASSIGNED
876816 Defect – Flyouts should have standard widths P3 ASSIGNED
856264 Defect – if context menu visible, tapping and holding another link will not produce new context menu P3 REOPENED
879113 Defect – Start screen should handle error cases when missing favicons, thumbnails gracefully P1 RESOLVED
869617 Change – Remove dropdown menu from start sections P2 RESOLVED
888329 Defect – Mouse scrollbars remain visible on the first browser we open P2 RESOLVED
890529 Change – Improve variables and localization comment for crashprompt.messagebody P2 RESOLVED
895243 Defect – Monocles not being dismissed when dismissing App bar while OSK visible P2 RESOLVED
895284 Defect – Three different monocles appearing at the same time P2 RESOLVED
896017 Defect – Errant mousemove event fires after a touchstart, triggering mouse input scrollbars on content P2 RESOLVED
781002 Story – Apply metro styling to the context menu P2 RESOLVED
867543 Change – Context app bar buttons should have labels P2 RESOLVED
892705 Change – Move findbar on visually top of urlbar, clean up naming P2 RESOLVED
882504 Defect – Change sliding directions of toggle switch in Settings flyout P2 RESOLVED
895962 defect – find bar not dismissed with CTRL-L P2 RESOLVED
831942 Story – Initiate a file download and display the downloads app bar – Part I P2 RESOLVED
831913 Story – Use the Firefox app bar in snapped view P2 RESOLVED
895174 defect – not able to scroll list of recent history in snap view P2 RESOLVED
892632 Defect – History tiles don’t show colors on the ribbon P2 RESOLVED
896461 Defect – Firefox logo showing up in Top Sites tiles P2 RESOLVED
890897 Defect – Overlay scrollbars trigger continual repaints on metro start page and P2 RESOLVED
844642 Story – Telemetry opt in and out in Firefox Options P3 RESOLVED
881463 Defect – Intermittent browser_selection_textarea.js | selection test – Got own a, expected (end) P3 RESOLVED
875937 Defect – App bar pin tile icon refreshes after it is displayed instead of before P3 RESOLVED
892759 Change – Add tests for findbar P3 RESOLVED
876033 Change – After undoing the deletion of tiles, the undeleted tiles should be selected P3 RESOLVED

Firefox Mobile

Beta (23)

  • Reviews are solid
  • Crashes are nice and low, just about 2 crashes per 100 ADU
  • We are good to ship FHR with some possible about:healthreport changes
  • Dynamic URL bar is good to ship \o/

Aurora (24)

Full list of features, here:

  • Converging WebRTC

Nightly (25)

  • Contacts API Landed \o/
  • Skia GL is turned on for NVIDIA devices (this is includes Tegras) \o/
  • About:home hackathon is happening and we are stoked:

Developer Tools

  • working with B2G to plan how we provide ‘developer enabled’ 1.1 builds to available phones.
  • landings continue, including (most of) remote inspector and B2G debugging
  • App Manager mockups are being handed off to UX

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform


  • Google introduced a little $35 device called Chromecast that allows you to watch videos from the cloud right on the TV. [1] Measuring just two inches in length, Chromecast runs a “simplified version” of Chrome OS. It plugs into any HDMI input port and links up other Google products in the home (Android and Chrome-based) such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Chromecast streams the content (i.e. YouTube, Netflix, Google Play social games, etc.) from the device source via the cloud. The smartphone operates as the remote control. For developers, there is the new Google Cast SDK. [2]
  • 60% of all Internet end devices/users exchange traffic with Google servers during the course of an average day and 25% of North America’s consumer Web traffic through its servers. [3] It was only 6% at the last study in 2010. [4]
  • Google is experimenting with encryption of Google Drive consumer data [5] concerned about PR after PRISM revelations and demonstrating that consumer data can be protected from government snooping.


  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks coming soon compresses memory for optimum battery life and more-than-responsive graphics. [6] App Nap keeps track of what’s being computed versus what’s being used and automatically drops CPU power usage of an idle operation or function in order to conserve battery and energy. Safari bookmarked articles can be scrolled through from one article to the next, without breaking the user’s concentration to locate a similar article. Accelerated scrolling allows for fast searching through dense email inboxes, deep conversations and image-heavy webpages.


  • Microsoft plans to add Java Standard Edition to its Windows Azure cloud service [7] both as a stand-alone PaaS (platform as a service) and as component of a Windows Server IaaS (infrastructure as a service).
  • With Opera moving to Webkit, Microsoft’s Windows computers now account for 96% of SSL certificates with a stapled OCSP (Online Certificate Status Protocol) response, one of the methods used by browsers to check the revocation status of an SSL certificate without traffic burden on the Certificate Authority [8]

Marketing, Press & Public Reaction


On a fun news note, The Atlantic wrote about a planetary nebula that resembles the Firefox logo.

Product Marketing:

  • Consumer Value Proposition Discovery: A research partner has been engaged and planning has started. Key target markets included are Brazil, India, Indonesia. [Laura]
  • Search Engine Optimization: A search agency has been engaged and investigation has started. The first batch of improvements are set to go live Aug 30 with the help of our WebProd team [Laura & Tim]
  • Australis Redesign: Currently finishing the Engagement Beta Strategy Plan [Laura]
  • Paid Search Funnel Cake: Live as of 10am this morning. Will give us a cost to acquire a ADI in Indonesia and Brazil [Laura]
  • JavaScript on by default change: Working on comms plan with @verdi of SUMO today [Laura]
  • Metro Nightly Campaign ongoing: this week optimizations were made to the campaign and Tim will give a overview next Monday in the Metro meeting [Laura & Tim]

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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