The plan was for the second Beta development milestone of Firefox 4.0 to have already been release by the start of this week at the very latest, although the company was trying to do it even earlier.
Obviously, Firefox 4.0 Beta 2 is not here. However, early adopters should know that the browser release is still, just around the corner. But it did suffer a small delay, just a few days. According to Mozilla, Firefox 4.0 Beta 2 is still just around the corner, and it could drop as early as today or tomorrow.
“We’re glad you’re interested in Firefox 4 Beta 2 – it’s not quite ready yet. Our candidate builds are still going through quality assurance tests,” is the message that greets testers attempting to download the second Beta Build of the next major iteration of Firefox.
According to the browser vendor, the new proposed dates for the launch of Firefox 4.0 Beta 2 are July 27 or July 28. Initially, Mozilla was indicating that it would deliver Firefox 4.0 Beta 2 by the end of the past week, although it also took into consideration the scenario in which the release would be postponed until this week.
Of course, Mozilla’s timetable for the next major version of its open source browser is by no means set in stone, with all the deadlines being susceptible to change.
At this point in time Firefox 4.0 is planned for finalization by the end of this year, with availability set for October or November 2010. Of course, any delays along the way could jeopardize the launch deadline set for the successor of Firefox 3.6. As with any other aspects of the Firefox 4.0 development process, Mozilla emphasized that nothing is set in stone and that release dates can also change.
Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 is available for download here.