Firefox 3 and Map+
I got an e-mail from Mozilla yesterday announcing that Firefox 3 is scheduled to be released on June 17th. I’ve been using Firefox 3 since the first betas were made available and it’s been great even in beta form, so I’m confident that the official release will go smoothly. I’m not sure how I feel about the world record Mozilla is trying to set—it feels like a needless PR gimmick—but I “pledged” anyway. Yeah, I’m a Firefox fanboy.
Now that I’m no longer an IBM employee (I quit on April 1st), I’m finally free to make whatever I want without worrying about IBM taking control of it. I’ve got a few small projects in the works, but I’m not going to say anything about them right now since I’m not sure how many will actually see the light of day. They’re nothing special anyway.
However, I will say that I’ve started working on a new version of Map+ today. Right now, my top priority is making it compatible with Firefox 3. After that, I’ll work on getting it localized and displaying maps for addresses outside of the United States. It’s looking good so far–I should be able to get it done in time for the official Firefox 3 release.
As far as new whizbang features, there won’t be any for this upcoming 1.2 release. It may be true that Google Maps is the best (double true), but I don’t see Map+ switching from Yahoo! Maps to Google Maps anytime soon. If this is a deal breaker for you, let me know.