Firefox Rapid Release Schedule Tarnished Browser's Reputation Claims Developer
A developer working on Firefox thinks he might have the answer to the browser's tarnished reputation. According to John DiCarlo it's the organization's badly implemented rapid release schedule that is to blame. So essentially, it wasn't the frequent bugs, memory leaks, flash player crashes, and broken add-ons that caused users to switch to Google Chrome among others, but was the constant stream of updates that exacerbated these issues. That and the changing of the user interface, simply put leaving it unchanged long enough for users to grow comfortable is a good thing. He went on to say that “There's no UI better than one you already know, and no UI worse than one you thought you knew but now have to relearn." So while Mozilla has managed to improve the Firefox update process, it looks to have been too little too late as once someone switches to a new browser and becomes accustomed to it they are unlikely to change back. Mozilla may have fixed a few problems with Firefox and streamlined their update process, but in the end it simply is not enough to bring users rushing back. So while it seems they have the browser back on track, it may be just a little too late.
Jono DiCarlo says that the organization’s poor implementation of their rapid release schedule has ultimate led many users switch to Google Chrome as an alternative to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
Posted by | Thu, Jul 12, 2012 - 04:16 PM