posted by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 22:42 UTC
IconTabbed browsing is pretty much the norm by now, with even someone like me (who disliked it vehemently for a long time) finally giving in and start using tabbed browsing (thanks to Chrome, by the way). Well, apparently, Mozilla thinks its time to move on. They believe tabbed browsing has become obsolete, and are asking users to come up with a better alternative.

Mozilla explains that tabbed browsing made sense in the days when having ten websites open was "a lot", but now that 20+ websites open is becoming more and more common, tabbed browsing simply doesn't work as well any more. As such, the Mozilla team has set up a design challenge to come up with the next best thing.

Tabs worked well on slow machines on a thin Internet, where ten browser sessions were "many browser sessions". Today, 20+ parallel sessions are quite common; the browser is more of an operating system than a data display application; we use it to manage the web as a shared hard drive. However, if you have more than seven or eight tabs open they become pretty much useless.

You need to come up with a mockup, as well a video explaining how it all works. So, do any of you have any ideas? Let us know!

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