Why tabs on top were neccesary on Firefox 4

The team working behind Firefox 4 published a video explaining the interface design decisions that led to put the tabs on top of the sidebar. The layout popularized by Google Chrome and was later adopted by Opera has a lot of benefits for the upcoming Firefox 4.

The most interesting feature to me is the fact that enabling a tab like an Application Tab hides the navigation bar, much like the Application Shortcut feature in Google Chrome. There are already some mockups with the new tab layout on top:

4 thoughts on “Why tabs on top were neccesary on Firefox 4”

  1. It isn’t true that tabs on top were popularised by Chrome and later adopted by Opera. Opera has had tabs on top for over 10 years, ever since we added tabs.We got a lot of criticism (especially from the Mozilla guys ironically) for having tabs on top.

    1. That’s correct David. First time I met Opera was with Linux Mandrake. Opera had those banners at the top. I didn’t expressed myself clear: the Chrome layout I was referring to was the tabs on top but also the absence of menus at the top, leaving only the icon at the right of the tabs for the menus. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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