Mozilla announced the launch of Firefox 29 on Tuesday, reporting that the company has re-imagined and re-designed Firefox to reflect how web surfers use the Internet today. The browser now has a new user interface, customization mode and an enhanced Firefox Sync service powered by Firefox Accounts.
"The first thing you'll notice in Firefox is the beautiful new design that makes it easy to focus on your Web content," reads the company blog. "The tabs are sleek and smooth to help you navigate the Web faster. It's easy to see what tab you're currently visiting and the other tabs fade into the background to be less of a distraction when you're not using them."
Mozilla ripped out the old menu system and placed a re-designed interface in the right corner of the toolbar, using the same three-bar icon found in Google's Chrome. This new menu includes a "customize" tool that allows users to add or move any feature, service or add-on. Other settings in the re-designed menu include New Window, New Private Windows, Save Page, Print, History and more.
The company also updated the Firefox Sync service that provides access to Awesome Bar browsing history, saved passwords, bookmarks, open tabs and form data across the user's computers and mobile Android devices. This feature is powered by Firefox Accounts to simplify the setup and device syncing process.
"We looked at every piece of Firefox and made everything more enjoyable and easier to use – even bookmarks. You can create bookmarks with a single click and manage them from the same place," states the blog.
For those who haven't used Firefox for a while, now may be a good time to test run Mozilla's browser. Save for the text, tabs seemingly disappear when not in use, providing a more streamlined look. The menu itself is extremely easy, providing an app menu-like environment with drag-and-drop capability. The big seller will likely be the customization aspect, allowing users to fine-tune the browser to their own needs, not the needs of the many.
To download Firefox, head here. The list of changes in Firefox 29 can be found here.
Now Firefox is becoming like Chrome? Looks like I'll have to hang on to my old Firefox exe files.
still even without that you can get rid of most of the new stuff and getting a menu bar back is still a standard option, you can even put it in the same bar as the window buttons. So you can still do more then just restore the damage. sadly tabs on bottom do require an addon now (I think)
That's why I find myself never really coming to Tom's anymore. Ars, Techspot, and the others report it days sooner, and do more original articles too.