Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
Ok. In Firefox 3 is the killer browser. And I think Iâ€™ve been using the Beta since Beta 1 and Beta 2 is even better. Even in the Beta, weâ€™ve surpassed the quality of Firefox 2. So I already encouraged my mom and my grandmother to update their Firefox 3 Beta 2. I thinks itâ€™s a killer product. It holds up in a lot of new areas. It works well on Mac, on Linux and works well in Windows as always.On labs, there are two things in particular. Iâ€™m really excited about the efforts on mobile were working on. I think a lot of folks wondered what about what weâ€™re going to give mobile. And weâ€™ve waited for a pretty long time. But we really felt like we needed to wait until the industry started to open-up a little bit.
We are trying not to overload users with a lot of new features. Weâ€™ve done a lot of stream lining. A few years ago we cam out with Firefox 1. It was a goodâ€™s a good product, but it was 1.0. With Firefox 2 we started adding a lot of what people were expecting. And then I think Firefox 3 really represents a streamlining and a maturation of the user interface. But it really means it fits into the Mac. The Macintosh theme really works. We have Linux system integration and icons. I think that itâ€™s going to feel like a much better product to people, especially people who give you arenâ€™t
so techy. But I think it will retain all the openness that the techy population, like myself, like.The one featured that everybody really likes, other than the fact that the memory usage is better than ever and the performance is better than ever, is
the URL bar.
Instead of just typing the URL and having it remind you what the URL is, you can type any word in the name of the document. Like if you went to a site about the Simpsons, you could just type Simpsons in the bar and it will show you all the sites with Simpsons in the title. And itâ€™s just one example of maybe 15 different ways weâ€™re helping people find the places theyâ€™ve been to before or the place that they want to get to. So I think navigation around the information space is getting increasingly important. The web is pervasive or humungous and getting larger. And just being able to find what you want, find what youâ€™ve visited is the key. So I think that the colloquialism around here is to call it the awesome bar instead of the URL bar.
Thatâ€™s just one example of hundreds of hundreds of user interface tweaks that weâ€™ve made. And I think are going to make a little difference to people.
So I suspect that weâ€™ll start to participate DataPortability.org. Theyâ€™ve got to start doing something sooner or later. So like doing the actual work there is going to be the key. Of course OAuth and that kind of stuff weâ€™ve starting to experiments with. That stuff will be very important for Weave. So I suspect we will start to participate in dataportability.org, but we havenâ€™t yet.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 6:31 am