Mozilla has released Alpha version of next Firefox browser under code name Firefox.next or Namoroka. The coming version is being build on Gecko 1.9.2 layout engine, Namoroka Alpha 1 is being made available for testing purpose only, and is intended to be used by web application developers and version testers. The current users of stable version are advised not use this version as there are many changes and compatibility issues in this version as new technologies and codes are being tested.
Namoroka will focus on the following areas:
Observable improvements in user-perceptible performance metrics such as startup, time to open a new tab, and responsiveness when interacting with the user interface. Common user tasks should feel faster and more responsive.
- Personalization & Customization
Simplify the development, discovery, installation and management of browser customization and functional extension. Where possible, provide a custom fit user experience based on a user’s interaction history. Act in the user’s interests, leveraging existing knowledge about their identity and browsing habits.
- Task Based Navigation
Allow users to organize their tabs, history, downloaded files, and other resources according to the task they were attempting to accomplish. Provide support for executing common web-based tasks, mash-up style, without having to visit a website.
- Web Application Support
Blur the distinction between web and desktop applications, providing web developers with the tools required to create rich application experiences for a user who is connected or disconnected from the Internet. Act as the intermediary between web applications and the user’s OS desktop.
- System Integration
Integrate with the look and feel of the host operating system, including data-level interactions with existing system services such as dictionaries.