Mozilla has issued a goal to ship a developer preview version of Firefox with Direct2D support by the end of the second quarter. This new feature should boost Firefox's responsiveness to user interaction.
Here's a look at the other goals for the second quarter:
Shipping a final version of Firefox for Windows with the out-of-process plugins feature that's designed to improve stability by putting Flash Player and other plug-ins in a separate memory area. Out-of-process plug-ins are one aspect of Electrolysis.
Shipping a beta version of Firefox with out-of-process Flash support for Macs using Snow Leopard, aka Mac OS X 10.6.
Releasing an alpha version of Firefox with support for the Indexed DB local storage database technology.
Turning on the HTML5 parser by default in a beta version, a move that will mean Firefox can decode Web pages written with the new Web page standard under development.