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The next major release of Firefox has been delayed with the Mozilla Foundation opting to can the 1.1 release altogether, and switch to a release of version 1.5 in September instead. The Foundation said that the delay was down to the development of new features taking longer than expected.

Tristan Nitot, president of Mozilla Europe, told ZDNet that the organisation tries to avoid committing itself to release dates, because they do slip so easily. "I've been in the software industry too long to make any commitments in terms of dates," he told the publication. "You always end up being wrong."

Users can take comfort from the news that although delayed, version 1.5 is likely to have more features than 1.1 would have done. Nitot says that the release will be better than originally planned, which is why they decided to give it a new name; 1.5 clearly being much more impressive than 1.1.

Mozilla Foundation said a beta version would be released in August, with the full release following some time around September. ®

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