It’s been two years in the making but Mozilla have finally updated to their new Firefox Internet browser. The advancement to the 29th incarnation of its Firefox browser, the Australis interface, sees Mozilla look to challenge to the two current leading Internet browsers.
The market leaders, Google Chrome and Microsoft’s IE along are currently the dominating web browsers. However after recent dissatisfaction towards the leak in Internet Explorer and Google’s loose moral stance on the subject of privacy, take-up of the open-source Firefox has grown.
In an attempt to capitalise on this break in the market, Mozilla have decided to update their now three year old browsers to unsettle the two big boys from their perch.
It will be a difficult job challenging the immensely popular and sleek looking Google Chrome and with IE pre-installed on all Windows machines, Mozilla have to prove their software is worth the extra effort to download.So how have they done it?
On first appearance you could be mistaken to believe Firefox has just borrowed its new design from Google Chrome. Rounded tabs, clean white backgrounds and the menu icon in the top right corner does look chrome-esque. However, Firefox still manages to hold its traditional Mozilla style look with faded icons, an oversized back button and isolated search box
The new browser contains a few tricks and design users of the old Firefox will be happy to see.
More sleek with curved tabs
Firefox has moved away from a straight-edged, blocky design we saw on the previous version. Australis is more chrome-esqu with simple curved tabs that blend into the background and less crowded dashboard.Easy-to-find bookmarks
Mozilla has tried to make it easier for users to sift through their bookmarks. The manager icon is integrated with the navigation bar at the top of the page, in easy reach of the favourites star.Firefox Menu
Mozilla has added a new “Firefox Menu” to make it easier for users to find key features of Firefox like new window, private window and toolsEasy to customize
Firefox is set to be more customisable with drag and drop options features for users that want quick links to section they use.Firefox Sync
Firefox Sync service makes it possible for users to easily transfer their beloved features like settings, bookmarks and history from one device to another.
In the end it all comes down to usability, something that Google have nailed with Chrome and Microsoft are building to with IE 11. If Mozilla can jump ahead of the curve and offer the same seamless experience as Chrome, the branding of IE and introduce more morals when it comes to privacy Firefox might just have a chance.