Firefox browser maker Mozilla has announced its intention to bring silent updates to the software from Firefox 13 in order to avoid "update fatigue" now that it is updating the browser on a six-week cycle.
Outlining several of its plans for the coming years, Mozilla said that it was aware users of the browser are becoming frustrated with the rapid release cycle it introduced last year and so will bring in silent updates to counter this.
"To cater to update fatigue, updates will now be downloaded and installed silently in the background. It means that startup and shutdown of the web browser won't be affected by installation routines," Mozilla's technical evangelist Robert Nyman said in a blog post.
"Additionally, the What's New page displayed after an update can now be displayed depending if there is important information needed to be displayed to the end user. Silent updates are currently planned to land in Firefox 13."
Nyman also outlined plans to improve add-on compatibility between browsers so applications work on numerous version of the browser, to make its web sockets match the W3C protocol and general improvements to Firefox web applications.
On Wednesday, announced Mozilla announced it was releasing version 11 of Firefox, extending its Firefox Sync capabilities to include add-ons, and adding new developer tools such as a style editor and WebGL visualisation tool.
The firm also confirmed it is working on a version of Firefox for Windows 8 but said it has run into issues including a lack of documentation regarding application programming interfaces (APIs) for the new Metro user interface.
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