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Firefox release notes - What's New and Known Issues

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Since redirects don't show up in KB search or topics, I changed the content of this "Hot topics" article from REDIRECT http://www.mozilla.org/firefox/notes to the following:


For a summary of new features and known issues in the latest version of Firefox, see:


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We put this article in hot topics each release and it gets tons of visits. We should try to make this more helpful for people. We could think of this article as the "why should I update article." In fact, maybe we should rename it "What's new in Firefox and why should I update?"

We can write up a summary of what's new and link to any relevant articles. We can stress that each update is a stability and security update too. So that even if there aren't a lot of new or improved features, it's still important to update.

This article is "no maintenance" since it always links to the latest Firefox for Desktop and Mobile release notes. I would rather keep it that way, and not summarize the latest new features and link to relevant KB articles.

We already have "Hot Topics" where we can link to relevant articles about current new features or changes (like the the PDF viewer change in Firefox 19) and we're about to add "Hot Questions", I gather. If you want to summarize all new changes in one article, why not create a separate "What's new in the latest Firefox version" article as a new Hot Topic? It could be similar to the old "Latest Firefox issues" article (see /kb/latest-firefox-issues/history), except that it would include new features and not not just issues that cause problems.

As for renaming it, please keep "release notes" in the name since that's what many people know to look for when installing or updating software.

I do like the idea of adding more information about why you should always use the latest Firefox version for security reasons, as well as for new features. The release notes page does link to https://www.mozilla.org/security/known-vulnerabilities/firefox.html near the bottom but people might not notice it, so we could add a link (this could also be added to a new "What's new in the latest Firefox version" article or to the existing Update Firefox to the latest version article).

AliceWyman said

If you want to summarize all new changes in one article, why not create a separate "What's new in the latest Firefox version" article as a new Hot Topic? It could be similar to the old "Latest Firefox issues" article (see /kb/latest-firefox-issues/history), except that it would include new features and not not just issues that cause problems.

If you do create a separate "What's new in the latest Firefox version" article to summarize new features and known issues in the latest version of Firefox and make it a Hot Topic, I have no problem in removing this article from the Hot Topics list, if necessary, to make room for it. I just would like to keep this as a "Firefox release notes" article, to help people who might be searching for it.

"Hot topics" have been removed from the product landing pages in bug 932340. Either adding info to this article or else creating a new "What's new in the latest Firefox version" article needs to be reconsidered.

Related discussion: /forums/contributors/709726

Should "Mobile" not be called "Firefox for Android" ?

Or maybe "Mobile (Firefox for Android)" ? Or "Firefox for Android (Mobile)" ?

Looks like a bug since it's happened before:

Bug 1263445 - default ios version should be 3.0 instead of 2.0 in release notes

I'll change the URl to https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/ios/4.0/releasenotes/ for now.

A new bug has been filed: Bug 1281648 - default ios version should be 4.0 instead of 3.0 in release notes

Looks like the release notes page that's redirected from https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/ios/notes/ is being manually updated for each new release version.

No release date for v5.0 is set on https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox#Firefox_for_iOS and https://wiki.mozilla.org/Mobile/Firefox_for_iOS/Status_Report/07-Jun-2016 says Target Launch June 30 - July 07.

I set up a "Needs change" entry for 07-07-2016 to review the iOS release notes link when Firefox for iOS version 5.0 is released.

Bug 1281648 is now fixed so I'll revert my last revision and restore the iOS link to https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/ios/notes

version 5.0 was released July 26, 2016: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ios/5.0/releasenotes/

Updated Needs Change entry.

AliceWyman said

version 5.0 was released July 26, 2016: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ios/5.0/releasenotes/ Updated Needs Change entry.

New bug filed (Thanks, Chris) Bug 1289796 - default ios version should be 5.0 instead of 4.0 in release notes

I'll leave my revision to update the Firefox for iOS release notes link pending for now.

New bug filed (Thanks, Chris) Bug 1289796 - default ios version should be 5.0 instead of 4.0 in release notes
I'll leave my revision to update the Firefox for iOS release notes link pending for now.

Revision id: 128875 Created: Jul 27, 2016, 9:17:56 AM Creator: AliceWyman Comment: Updated Firefox for iOS release notes link to https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/ios/5.0/releasenotes/ (see discussion) Reviewed: Yes Reviewed: Jul 27, 2016, 2:07:08 PM Reviewed by: rtanglao Is approved? Yes Is current revision? Yes Ready for localization: No


https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/ios/notes now redirects to 5.0 releasenotes so I made a new revision. I'll approve it as minor and then delete the previous revision shown above.

Firefox for iOS (6.0) was released on January 17, 2017. The Firefox for iOS link in this article, https://www.mozilla.org/firefox/ios/notes ... still takes you to https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ios/5.0/releasenotes/

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/ios/6.0/releasenotes/ does not exist yet.

Related discussion: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/forums/contributors/712396 Why Firefox for iOS Release Notes not updated??

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/whats-new-ios-6/discuss/7027