Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Firefox Panorama: We Did It!

About a year ago, Aza Raskin came to me with the basic idea that would become Panorama, and asked if I would noodle around with him on it, to see what we could make of it. Our prototypes, along with the ideas behind them, were compelling enough that the Firefox team embraced them, and the race was on to land the feature in the next shipping version of the browser. Firefox 4 is out now (closing in on 100 million downloads so far!), and Panorama is one of its promoted features, so I guess we did OK.

There's plenty still to be done – much potential to live up to – but I'm quite happy with how things turned out. Of course none of it would've been possible without the wonderful Panorama team:
… and the support of many Mozilla stalwarts, including (but by no means limited to):
Thank you all for making the vision a reality!

It was an unusual project, so we've taken some time to look back and see what we've learned. I'll be distilling and writing up those thoughts in future posts, as well as sharing some of my own personal experiences with the Mozilla Way.

... And of course if you haven't played with Panorama yet, go get Firefox 4 and give it a spin!



Nice list and information about people, but I don't see anyone from QA listed there.
Good point! I knew I was forgetting important people...

Of course there's no way we could have achieved the stability and polish that we did without QA's tireless efforts, including (but still not limited to) Juan Becerra, Tracy Walker, Anthony Hughes, and Whimboo (aka Henrik Skupin)!
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