Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Apr 2014 15:04 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

Firefox 29 has been released, and the most prominent new feature is an entirely new user interface. It's smoother and less angular, and has clearly been designed to somewhat resemble Google Chrome. Hence, I personally think it's a major step forward - except for Firefox' version of the Chrome menu, which uses a grid of icons instead of a list (?!) - but I'm nearly 100% convinced many Firefox users will not like it. It's change, after all.

Luckily, Firefox is customisable to the point of insanity, so I'm pretty sure you can revert to the old look with the right themes and extensions.

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Not bad
by Alfman on Tue 29th Apr 2014 15:35 UTC
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I don't think it looks bad, actually. But I'm really against this trend of removing a program's identity from it's chrome (ie "title bar"). Windows 8 desktop flatness & dull colors already make the window borders harder to see. I never liked the lack of context in metro apps, but having this lack of context is coming into style on desktop apps is a bit much IMHO.

Luckily I've only seen this style in a few apps (chrome, thunderbird, and now ff), but I would cringe if all my apps were to start using it.

I can only imagine the additional pain this will cause me in phone support with users, including my parents, unable to identify with certainty what they're looking at.

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