Firefox 4 Nearly Finished, Goes Gold on March 22

Paul Lilly

Barring any last minute bug discoveries or anything else that would cause a delay, the final version of Mozilla's Firefox 4 browser should be ready to download on Tuesday, March 22nd. That's according to Mozilla's Damon Sicore, who posted a note on Firefox's official forum saying there's really no point in moving forward with another Release Candidate.

"Firefox 4 RC1 has received a very warm welcome; it's time to make a decision to ship," Sicore wrote . "As of now, there are no known issues that would stop us from shipping RC1 as final. At the conclusion of our regular 11:30 AM triage session on Wednesday, March 16th, release drivers will decide whether to ship RC1 as Firefox 4. March 22nd is the day we would ship."

Firefox 4's launch has been pushed back several times, which isn't all that unusual for Mozilla. However, the delayed release has allowed Microsoft to get a jump on the next-generation browser wars by launching Internet Explorer 9. Both IE9 and Firefox 4 are world's apart from their previous versions, both aesthetically and underneath the hood.

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