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This is What Firefox 4.0 Could Look Like

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Mozilla is toying with Firefox 4.0 concepts.

Last week we got a sneak peek at some possible interface changes that we could see in Firefox 3.7, which showed definite influence from Google's Chrome browser.

Today designer Stephen Horlander showed of some more interface concepts that we might see when Firefox 4.0 rolls around.

"These are not final," Horlander declared once again on the webpage. "They are only for brainstorming [and] exploration."

Tabs on bottomTabs on bottom

Tabs on topTabs on top

Like with the Firefox 3.7 mockups, the minimalist but functional design of Chrome is crawling into the Mozilla camp.

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    JasonAkkerman , July 28, 2009 3:28 PM
    I like it. The lack of a title bar, and menu bar really sets it aside from that sterile "windows" look.
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    dman3k , July 28, 2009 3:30 PM
    The first one look more IE than Chrome, but the second one is SO Chrome.
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    matchboxmatt , July 28, 2009 3:34 PM
    I think that the more web browsers that take after Chrome, the better. It's an excellent browser.

    The way they implemented the tabs on top in the 2nd picture doesn't look hot though. Reminds me of Safari 4 Beta's clunky UI rather than Chrome's sleek one.
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    Aoster87 , July 28, 2009 3:38 PM
    Hooray for a sleep UI!
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    duckmanx88 , July 28, 2009 3:41 PM
    yeah it looks like chrome. thats gotta hurt goggle since the only thing going for chrome right now(which im using) is its speed and non-cluttered UI. its still lacking things like idk letting me choose what page a tab opens to.
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    asdf634 , July 28, 2009 3:48 PM
    All they need is a IE bitting fox and I'm happy!
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    coopchennick , July 28, 2009 3:55 PM
    To be honest, the biggest reason why I'm using chrome more regularly than firefox is the completing-the-website-while-entering-in-bar feature.

    It's so convenient for casual everyday browsing. I really hope firefox gets it soon.
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    IronRyan21 , July 28, 2009 4:06 PM
    ill stick with chrome, thanks.
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    tenor77 , July 28, 2009 4:13 PM
    I'm not a fan of the minimalist browser. Of course this has to do with my line of work as I have to have multiple windows open, and lots going on so the more info the better.

    And also not a fan of making the address bar and the search bar all in one. It's bad enough telling an old relative to enter in a simple address and they put it in google instead.
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    Hanin33 , July 28, 2009 4:15 PM
    um... why is the interface even a big deal? can't this be addressed in theme packs? i don't quite understand why they're going for a look when most ppl alter it with themes anyway...
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    ben850 , July 28, 2009 4:30 PM
    JasonAkkermanI like it. The lack of a title bar, and menu bar really sets it aside from that sterile "windows" look.


    goodluck trying to maximize the window when you're drunk!
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    belardo , July 28, 2009 4:32 PM
    So give the search bar its whole row? Thats a waste of space.
    If the old person has problems, download Opera and remove or move the Seach window else where... you can put it anywhere.


    Theme packs are rarely used, most people go with the default settings of a browser. Opera got the point recently and making Opera10 excellent with its default skin. I've always changed Opera into another skin, which didn't change its function - but it didn't look right with WindowsXP.

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    Mr_Man , July 28, 2009 4:41 PM
    Hopefully it has the bottom status bar, or at least the option for it. It adds a lot to my browsing experience, and it handy for a lot of add-ons.
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    tenor77 , July 28, 2009 4:44 PM
    BelardoSo give the search bar its whole row? Thats a waste of space.If the old person has problems, download Opera and remove or move the Seach window else where... you can put it anywhere.Theme packs are rarely used, most people go with the default settings of a browser. Opera got the point recently and making Opera10 excellent with its default skin. I've always changed Opera into another skin, which didn't change its function - but it didn't look right with WindowsXP.


    You're making the assumption they can figure out how to download Opera to begin with. Try doing IT phone support sometime.
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    Gin Fushicho , July 28, 2009 4:56 PM
    Almost looks like they are designing it for a Windows 7 look.
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    Ciuy , July 28, 2009 4:57 PM
    bollocks
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    doomtomb , July 28, 2009 5:29 PM
    This looks so much like Safari. The buttons are even the same color and shape.
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    Anonymous , July 28, 2009 5:30 PM
    Garbage, i hate this style of UI.
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    cruiseoveride , July 28, 2009 6:13 PM
    Didn't FF3 come out like a few days ago?
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    aspireonelover , July 28, 2009 6:14 PM
    awe man, it looks like google chrome (to me) for some reason.
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