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Firefox to Get a New Interface in Second Half of 2012

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Mozilla has updated its Firefox roadmap for 2012.

Those who have been following the Firefox release tracking tables will not find any surprises, but the list certainly serves as a guide of the baseline of new features and changes Firefox will see by the end of the year, when we will be using Firefox version 17.

Immediate changes for Q1 include add-on sync and add-on compatibility improvements as well as the long-overdue Chrome migration feature, which will allow Chrome users to switch to Firefox and take all their data, including bookmarks, conveniently with them. Mozilla will also update its media control set for HTML5. Q2 will bring the also long overdue Home Tab app, Firefox's new start page, as well as a new New Tab page and Silent Update support, which has been delayed since version 9 and now appears to be scheduled for a final and complete release in version 13, scheduled for a June 5 release.

Mozilla expects to deliver web apps and market place integration by version 13 as well and provide URL auto-complete for Firefox's location bar, faster session restore as well as a memory improvements with a new garbage collector.

For the second half of the year, we are noticing a resurfaced Firefox Share, which was first mentioned for Firefox 5, a built-in PDF viewer, Mozilla's web identity management system and IonMonkey, Mozilla's new JavaScript engine. Noteworthy is also an updated interface, which replaces the current interface with a much more stylish version that makes Firefox much more recognizable than it is today.

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    Netherscourge , February 15, 2012 4:08 PM
    And it looks just like Chrome.
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    Netherscourge , February 15, 2012 4:40 PM
    I think it's cool they're adding a new Chrome-Migration feature.

    What I wasn't expecting was that Mozilla was ACTUALLY IMPORTING CHROME ITSELF into it's Firefox Browser.

    lol

    Come on guys! DO something DIFFERENT.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 15, 2012 4:59 PM
    No, no, NO. Again? I HATE Chrome look! The current Firefox look with menu enabled and tabs at the bottom is THE BEST. They better leave an option to customize the new Fox back to that normal look.
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    Netherscourge , February 15, 2012 4:08 PM
    And it looks just like Chrome.
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    cknobman , February 15, 2012 4:13 PM
    The look sucks.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2012 4:14 PM
    If I wanted Chrome, I'd download it. Let's call this FIRECHROME!
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    Netherscourge , February 15, 2012 4:40 PM
    I think it's cool they're adding a new Chrome-Migration feature.

    What I wasn't expecting was that Mozilla was ACTUALLY IMPORTING CHROME ITSELF into it's Firefox Browser.

    lol

    Come on guys! DO something DIFFERENT.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2012 4:48 PM
    Ditto that, if i wanted it to loolk like chrome id go use chrome. I dont like chrome....
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2012 4:57 PM
    Sooo... even les space for tabs? That sux....
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    amk-aka-Phantom , February 15, 2012 4:59 PM
    No, no, NO. Again? I HATE Chrome look! The current Firefox look with menu enabled and tabs at the bottom is THE BEST. They better leave an option to customize the new Fox back to that normal look.
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    hope1355 , February 15, 2012 4:59 PM
    If this happens, please find and kill me! I'm almost serious about it.
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    NapoleonDK , February 15, 2012 5:26 PM
    Agreed with the above. This is way too much like Chrome. As a Chrome fanatic, I like the style, since the minimalist features are what drew me when Chrome was first released. Since its release, other browsers have taken a large number of features of Chrome and incorporated them into the interface...but variety is the spice of life! If I want to explore a new browser, I expect something different from the one I am already using!

    That said, I really like the little download manager in the upper right. (Says "↓ 10s") I wonder if that is part of the browser or an extension? Chromes manager could use a little work!
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    Kreth , February 15, 2012 5:34 PM
    What the fuck is this shit?

    If i wanted crap i would isntall something that isnt firefox, give me back my original firefox look.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2012 6:04 PM
    i was going to add something about how much this sucks and how if i wanted chrome i'd get it, and all that jazz... but it looks from the comments that everyone already on board. praise jesus.
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    velocityg4 , February 15, 2012 6:41 PM
    I like my search bar and address bar to be separate. I'll keep using an older version if I can't choose the older look myself. I've turned on the menu bar and tabs on bottom on my current version of Firefox.
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    CaedenV , February 15, 2012 7:27 PM
    velocityg4I like my search bar and address bar to be separate. I'll keep using an older version if I can't choose the older look myself. I've turned on the menu bar and tabs on bottom on my current version of Firefox.

    At the risk of getting an answer: Why? Why waste space with 2 things when one can do both equally as well? I like that all 3 browsers are moving that direction

    While I like the new look perhaps better than Chrome, I have to say; hiding the favorites menu until you open a new tab is the BEST space saver ever! Why eat up tab space, or eat into page space when you can simply make it go away when you don't need it? Other than that one critique I think I am in love, and if this is the direction they are moving then I may move back to FF from chrome... But it will take some convincing as I really enjoy using chrome.
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    bobusboy , February 15, 2012 7:31 PM
    Guess I'll be going back to opera.
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    lahawzel , February 15, 2012 7:32 PM
    Don't worry, a plugin to revert to the older look will probably be released day 1 of this new FireChrome appearance being pushed out.
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    sonofliberty08 , February 15, 2012 7:39 PM
    where's the firefox gal ? i want my firefox gal back, i don't like this firechrome :( 
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    tlmck , February 15, 2012 7:50 PM
    Well Chromium "is" open source...
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    zulutech , February 15, 2012 7:52 PM
    It feels like every second day firefox gets an update.
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    Tesla1483 , February 15, 2012 8:09 PM
    I swear to god, when did everyone decide that menu bars were so awful? I'd rather have everything in an easy-to-find, sensible location than having to search for a damn hidden button. I really don't care that much about losing one centimeter of vertical screen space.
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    Maxor127 , February 15, 2012 8:20 PM
    Another interface change that I'll have to change back to look the old way like I already do for the current interface. And if I can't change it anymore, I might start looking at other browsers. Some of these changes just seem stupid to me and more likely to drive users away instead of winning users over from other browsers.
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