Mozilla is hard at work on the next generation of its open source browser, Firefox 3.1 codenamed Shiretoko, which could end up as version 3.2 or even 3.5, but nothing is set in stone yet. Not even the delivery date for the first Alpha build, which is planned for mid-July 2008. Mozilla is currently seeing the release of Firefox 3.0 on June 17th.
Mike Beltzner, Mozilla’s User Experience Lead revealed that “very early draft of the Firefox 3.1 plan available at the Firefox 3.1 Planning Center.” Firefox 3.1 Shiretoko will be based on Gecko 1.9.1 and will be designed to bring to the table some of the features and functionality that were cut from Firefox 3.0.
As early as Alpha 1, Mozilla plans to add a collection of features including the ability to “show page preview when using Ctrl+Tab, all tabs preview/find pane, lightweight tagging UI, Tag Autocomplete, Advanced Search UI, Bulk tagging support, Download History integration, Enhanced compatibility checking during upgrades and coherent startup/shutdown prefs/behaviours.”