What People Say After a Firefox Update

Ken Kovash

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Like last time, let’s start with the punch line:

  • People love Firefox!
  • People are also notably frustrated with two experiences – (1) Firefox crashing too often, and (2) Firefox not saving their settings (e.g., home page)

These insights were arrived at via our current user outreach efforts.  When people visit the Firefox “Whatsnew” page – which users automatically hit after each Firefox update – they have the option of providing feedback and comments.  More than 16,000 people have been kind enough to provide feedback over the past six weeks.  If you’re curious how this works from the user’s perspective, click here to the Fx3.5.4 whatsnew page and then click on the orange feedback button.

Here’s a breakdown of what has recently been on the mind of users:

whatsnew_pie_chart

We previously shared analysis of comments from people visiting the Firstrun (installation) page, and the chart above looks somewhat similar.  The fact that so many people made a point of saying something positive is amazing!

On the other hand, there is one negative item that we first took note of last time.  A significant number of people left a comment along the lines of, “why does this page open every time I open Firefox?  Please get rid of it.  I previously set my home page and Firefox won’t save the setting.” On the plus side, we have already taken this insight and turned it into action.  The Firefox team has prioritized a fix via bug 495735, and it should ship it in the next release of Firefox.

Lastly, there was one other group of people who were particularly frustrated.  For each of the groups in the pie chart above, we can also look at their average satisfaction score (scale of 1 to 5):

whatsnew_satisfaction

Fortunately, the crashiness of Firefox is a known issue, and making Firefox less crashy has been a top priority for the Mozilla community in recent months.  Given our current focus in this area, I would guess that if we rerun this same user outreach program a few months from now, we’d see that green pie slice either dramatically shrunk or completely eliminated.

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  1. Larry Seltzer wrote on ::

    I wouldn’t know. Check for Updates has been grayed out on my system for a long time. http://yfrog.com/4iffhelpj

    I Bugzilla’d this a long time ago and it went nowhere.

  2. Kurt (supernova_00 wrote on :

    Larry, if you are on a Mac this will be fixed with Firefox 3.6. You can delete the version of Firefox that you have and install the newer version. If you are on Windows, make sure you select to NOT delete your profile information when uninstalling.

  3. c wrote on :

    Larry, I have seen that when running ubuntu linux. The firefox update service was disabled by ubuntu. Just a thought.

  4. Richard Garrett wrote on :

    But the Worst and I mean Worst is the bookmarks lay out with it endless folders in folders of junk. Why do I need you bookmark & all that junk and folders you lode !!x@**
    I Just wont a list view, separators and my folders I put there thats it. No Tags, No Unsorted Bookmarks. Like in firefox 10.3.9 Even then the bookmark layout was getting to be a drag. Last the tool bar color sucks big time it is so dark I have trouble seeing it.
    Please hear whet I am saying as I am on the computer all day long with an ebay business
    and all this is really is a drag!!!
    Richard

    Ps: Whet are Tags ?

  5. J Oile wrote on :

    I find Firefox needs to update all the time – I don’t have time for this. I wish another better alternative was available. I should give Opera a shot.

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