Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Aug 2010 19:21 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Today, Mozilla released the fourth beta of Firefox 4.0. After a period of what I would call stagnation, the Mozilla team are back on track with delivering interesting UI concepts. They were sensible enough to copy Chrome's excellent tabs-on-top UI, but have now also added something called Panorama, a new and very interesting way of managing your open tabs.
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Tabs on Top
by Drumhellar on Wed 25th Aug 2010 20:12 UTC
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It took me a while to get used to the "tabs on top" idea.
I always thought Firefox did things the right way.
Tabs organize content, and browser controls are separate from content, so tabs should contain only the content and not controls. It took a long while for me to be comfortable enough with tabs being all the way at the top before I could switch to Chrome (which has higher performance, and is very important on my aging laptop). I understand that Firefox performs better with ass-loads of tabs open, but I rarely have more than 20 open, and those are generally relatively simple pages.

A few important questions: Will it intelligently auto-group tabs? Say, if I'm using Google Reader, and launch a bunch of links from one site, then move on to another feed and start launching, can I configure it to automatically launch those in different groups? Can I set it up to intelligently resize groups that are full of wasted space?

I guess it's time to nab the beta and find out!

EDIT: I don't know why, but this is the first thing that has made me excited about Firefox 4. I was always excited about previous major releases, but not this one. I think the Chrome-style UI turned me away, despite being a Chrome user now.

Edited 2010-08-25 20:13 UTC

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