Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Foxmarks 0.89 Available on Add-ons Site

Today, Mozilla officially blessed the latest version of Foxmarks, version 0.89, and made it available to all users on the Add-ons site. This means that users of the previous version will soon get an update notice from Firefox. As always, we recommend that you upgrade to the latest version for the smoothest, creamiest synchronization experience.

The previous post generated some confusion about how this all works, so we wanted to take a moment to explain our release process. We periodically make what we hope are improvements to the Foxmarks extension and, after some validation, make the extension available on our own site as a beta to users who want to be on the bleeding edge and can tolerate the associated risk of using relatively untested software. Users who wish to download these beta versions have to visit our site to do so; there's no automatic upgrade or notification triggered by releases on our own site.

Once we feel that a new version has proved itself to be reliable, we submit it to Mozilla. They run their own validation process -- completely independent of ours -- and, once they are satisfied that the extension meets their quality and reliability standards, they release it on the Add-ons site. We have no control over the timing of this part of the process; once we submit the extension to Mozilla, it is entirely out of our hands. Once they have completed their validation process and released the extension on the Add-ons site, users start to receive automatic upgrade notifications.

That's it in a nutshell. If you have questions, please let us know here.