Posts Tagged ‘Browser Wars’

Firefox 4 Looks like Chrome

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Firefox 4 is coming soon, and the closer it gets, the more we find out about it. A video was released regarding the position of tabs in Firefox 4. The default setting is now on top, something that Google Chrome users are pretty used to. It would be one thing if this was the only similarity.

The video also discusses app tabs. App tabs can be seen in the form of extensions which Chrome users are currently able to use. Chrome OS, though, has a more comparable version of the Firefox app tabs. When you browse in Chrome OS, certain things (like Gmail) sit on the side of the tab bar, and can be accessed by clicking it as a tab.

While it is interesting that Firefox 4 is leaning toward the Google UI, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For one, Google will be seen as the leader in this trend. It also means that two of the best browsers will share common features, a good thing for the users. Eventually IE will play in the same sandbox as the other browsers, again a win for the users. I think this is going to be an interesting phase in the browser wars. Things look to be getting better – for everyone.

If you are interested in learning Firefox’s reasoning behind moving the tabs you can check out the video below.