Mozilla to release Firefox 3.1 this year

Although Mozilla hasn't even released the final version of Firefox 3.0, its developers are already hammering out plans for the next edition, which may come as soon as late 2008, according to posts written by company executives.

In a thread on the mozilla.dev.planning newsgroup, Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering for Mozilla, summarised the post-Firefox 3.0 plans that had been discussed. Among them: Firefox 3.1, which could appear around the end of the year.

"There were a number of features that we held back from Firefox 3 because they weren't quite ready, but they were nearly complete," said Schroepfer in a message that kicked off a relatively active thread on the newsgroup.