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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1. Why is chrome (not Chrome) or the space at the top edge of the browser evil now? It makes it hard to tear of the app from maximise and snap it to the side when the tabs are tight on it. Isn't abuse of white space the height of bad design.

2. Tabs are generally above content that is associated with that tab only. So address bars, searches are ok with that. However Firefox really mixes all that badly. You have global next to tab specific.

3. Seems very me too rather than wanting to bring any real benefits.

Many computer, in particular laptops, now have wide screen that are not very "tall". One way to maximise screen usage is to remove any rows that can be removed if at all possible. The chrome, in particular the title bar, can be removed without significantly affecting people's ability to use the browser. For a browser, more screen space is always a good thing. chrome (and now firefox) in its default configuration has very few user interface elements that stretch right across hte screen and use up valuable screen real estate.

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