Test Pilot Integration in Firefox 4.0 Beta 1
Article by George Norman
On 07 Jul 2010
The second great news from the Mozilla camp this week is the launch of Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 to the general public. The first great news came from IBM, when the company announced that it is asking its (around) 400,000 employees to make Firefox their default browser.

About the Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 – did you know that Test Pilot is deeply integrated into the browser? The development team behind Firefox 4.0 would like to gather as much feedback on the browser as possible. That is why it has integrated Test Pilot into the browser, making it easier for testers to provide feedback.


Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 comes with a built-in add-on called Feedback. You will notice a Feedback button in the top right hand corner of the Firefox 4.0 Beta 1 window. Click the Feedback button and you will be able to provide instant feedback at any time – you can provide feedback as free-form comments. The Feedback add-on will also notify you when new Test Plot studies are available.

The Feedback add-on is based on the Test Pilot add-on that was first announced back in January 2009, the add-on that was released to the public back in August 2009, and the add-on that reached version 1.0 a very little time ago.

“We are excited to announce that Test Pilot will closely support Firefox 4 beta, playing an important role in the development of the next generation of Firefox through a new Add-On called “Feedback.” With this bundled Add-On, beta testers will be asked to participate in user interface studies, and that data will be collected and analyzed by the Test Pilot program,” commented Product Manager for Test Pilot, Jinghua Zhang.

“To make it easier to give feedback, Firefox 4 Beta includes a new Feedback Add-On. Any time you run across something you like or don’t like, just click the Feedback button and tell us about it. The Add-On also includes Mozilla Labs’ Test Pilot, and will ask you to take part in anonymous studies,” commented Firefox Director, Mike Beltzner.

Tags: Mozilla, Firefox 4.0, Firefox 4.0 Beta , Feedback Add-on, Test Pilot
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