Firefox 4 Design Direction

Just saw this proposed design direction mockup for Firefox 4. In the design, put out early to allow community feedback, tabs are put above the address bar and the navigation buttons, the traditional menu is replaced by a page and tools menu button to the right, and there’s a proposal to remove the bottom status bar, too. Gee, now which browser does that remind us of?

*You can argue putting the tabs on top is where they logically belong within the hierarchy – because e.g. the back button won’t take all tabs back but only the selected one, because the URL does not belong to all tabs but only one... – though from another perspective you can argue that interface elements similar to all tabs (functionality that remains static upon tab switch) would better fit outside the tab content area, e.g. above it.

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