In this mockup the tabs are on top of the location bar. CNET's Stephen Shankland says it looks a lot like Chrome.
Screenshot: Mozilla (Click on any image to enlarge.)
Crazy idea - save a lot of top space and do the tabs on the left or right side (text rotated to read up). With all of the widescreen monitors now, there is much more side space than top/bottom...
After testing chrome I really, really hated the interface. If Firefox goes that route I may be forced to use IE. Yeah, I hate it THAT bad. :)
I'm no technocrat, I just like what I see. Functionality, looks and features can be soooo modified by users with knowledge far beyond my mortal abilities. I like Firefox so I'd give it a try. But then, I still think digital watches are neat.
1 I don't think it's a good idea to make radical changes to interface design. We evolved good designs over a long period, and now it's all getting tossed out of the window. "Different" usually equates to "bad". There is a defined appearance for windows which make them instantly familiar and usable. Radical interface design changes make them unfamiliar, confusing and challenging. 2 Above all else, the menu should be retained. This is the best keyboard-and-bouse option, and some people are challenged to use a pointing device. Other people are challenged to use a keyboard and are fine with pointing devices. Usability considerations mandate catering for both types of user along with the majority who can handle both - although some prefer the efficiency of a keyboard! 3 I've been through the era of chaotic interfaces, when each new application was a completely different beast from anything one had used before. I should not have to go through this trauma again. The people who design these interfaces should do a little research into the history of computer interface design - those who don't study history are, it is said, doomed to repeat it, and we're repeating interface hell right now!
You put the hover state image before the rest state and the captions don't match. I hope they don't go the Chrome way of tab placement... Thanks for the images.
Firefox has had the flexibility to Save Vertical Space and Efficiency/Remove Visual Complexity for a while. Since FF2, there was an add-on called "Compact Menu", which allowed the Menu bar items ("File, Edit, ..., Help") to be encapsulated within a button on the Navigation bar. The Navigation bar can be customized to move the Back, Forward, Reload, Stop, etc. buttons, the Address and Search, and Compact Menu (or even better--Personal Menu) to the Navigation bar. Now, the Menu toolbar can be turned off, and the Address bar is within the Navigation bar. I don't use the Links bar, or any other additional toolbars (Yahoo, Google, etc.). My Firefox browser: Title bar, Navigation bar, Status bar (at the bottom), and lots of vertical real estate in between.