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Firefox 3.7 May Receive New Interface Design

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Mozilla looks to transform the interface of its Firefox browser in the next major release.

This post over on the Mozilla Wiki shows early mockups of an obviously planned redesign of the Firefox browser interface for v3.7. Created by designer Stephen Horlander, the images depict three appearances: Windows Vista and 7 using Aero, Windows Vista and 7 without Aero, and four layouts for Windows XP (Luna, Silver, Olive, Royale).

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

Despite that fact, the mockups show a definite improvement over the outdated default Windows design present in the current version. For all three platforms, the mockup depicts raised buttons to achieve a "tactile" feel. For the Vista and 7 versions, the images sport a new Page button and a translucent, "glassy" appearance. In addition, the menu bar looks to borrow from Google's Chrome and implement a pair of drop-down menu buttons.

Mozilla officially released Firefox v3.5 back on June 30, making it the first major release since the launch of Firefox 3 during June 2008. Update version 3.5.1 is now available for download, addressing a security vulnerability in the browser's TraceMonkey JavaScript engine.

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    Kithzaru , July 21, 2009 10:12 PM
    They should change the interface so that the blonde girl with the firefox shirt is the background of everything.
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    mlcloud , July 21, 2009 10:17 PM
    Or without the firefox shirt.
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    vabeachboy0 , July 21, 2009 11:01 PM
    or just flat out naked :D 
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  • 31 Hide
    Kithzaru , July 21, 2009 10:12 PM
    They should change the interface so that the blonde girl with the firefox shirt is the background of everything.
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    mlcloud , July 21, 2009 10:17 PM
    Or without the firefox shirt.
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    maigo , July 21, 2009 10:29 PM
    It better have an off button
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    vabeachboy0 , July 21, 2009 11:01 PM
    or just flat out naked :D 
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    bmadd , July 21, 2009 11:01 PM
    But then there gonna have to put "For 18+ Only" on the browers, and there goes half there user base
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    salem80 , July 21, 2009 11:03 PM
    even with FireFox 2.0 interface i found it great at all ..




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    Clintonio , July 21, 2009 11:14 PM
    Do I detect some version number inflation?
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    doomtomb , July 21, 2009 11:18 PM
    Yawn. The fact that they didn't change anything in functionality but changed the pretty buttons, they think they need deserve some sort of celebration in their wonderful achievements. As soon as you put the hot blonde with the FireFox shirt in your browser, I think that will deserve praise.
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    matchboxmatt , July 21, 2009 11:46 PM
    I also like women.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2009 12:11 AM
    They spend months and years trying to improve the responsiveness,and now they are going to make the browser heavier?

    I hope one can disable the skins, I'm quite comfortable the way it works now!
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    belardo , July 22, 2009 12:28 AM
    FireFox 3.5 has a touched up interface. 3.7 looks pretty much the same. Eitherway, 3.0 is still a lot better than the IE7/8 mess.
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    Wayoffbase , July 22, 2009 1:10 AM
    ProDigit80They spend months and years trying to improve the responsiveness,and now they are going to make the browser heavier?I hope one can disable the skins, I'm quite comfortable the way it works now!


    If the default skin blends better with my desktop I won't have any need for a downloaded theme. Therefor, it will be lighter for me. Plus it looks like all the legacy type skins are still there if that's your thing.
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    7amood , July 22, 2009 2:34 AM
    I can't see many changes at the top...
    but somehow it seems to me that the new look is chrome being run by firefox... weird...
    anyone else??
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    redkachina , July 22, 2009 2:39 AM
    yeahh..looks like chrome too
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    joeman42 , July 22, 2009 2:43 AM
    Here's a new feature suggestion: Stability.
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    pocketdrummer , July 22, 2009 4:11 AM
    ..... looks like a crap version on IE.

    Where's File | Edit | View ... etc? I personally hate the "everything button" on the right like IE.
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    Zingam , July 22, 2009 5:54 AM
    I want it to reach 100% in ACID3 test...
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    Zingam , July 22, 2009 5:55 AM
    Also I think that they crapped the UI in FF 3.5 a little bit! Why can't I close the last tab??? That sux! If I want to make the content disappear now I have to open a new tab and only then to close the previous tab! WTF?
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    zodiacfml , July 22, 2009 6:41 AM
    that's a nice interface but i'm backward, i still need the speed of the chrome browser.
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    randomizer , July 22, 2009 7:46 AM
    zingamWhy can't I close the last tab???

    Because you didn't select that option in the Tools->Options->Tabs menu. PEBKAC

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I prefer to look at the web page more than the browser.
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