Firefox 89 launches today unveiling the look of 'Proton', its new user interface with floating tabs




Mozilla launched the beta version 89 of its Firefox browser two weeks ago, whose main novelty lies in incorporate a new user interface (christened Proton). Today, Mozilla Firefox 89 has finally reached users of the stable edition of this browser.




"While we make small design improvements regularly, major revisions are big undertakings that don't happen as often, as change can be ... difficult.



According to the Mozilla Foundation, 'Proton' is the result of having undertaken a thorough review ("pixel by pixel") from your user interface:





"We measured the value users were getting from our huge library of features and ultimately optimized the Firefox experience to be clean, engaging, and easier to use on all devices."








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What changes in Proton?



Once installed, at first glance already you can tell the difference, without it being even remotely of a revolutionary change: attract attention, above all, the 'floating eyelashes', now separated from the toolbar:




Floating Eyelash




A closer look can also find several changes in the arrangement of the icons of the latter (in addition to their appearance):




  • Icon disappears Firefox home page'.

  • The icon Pocket exits the Omnibox and is located next to the menu icon.

  • The 'Catalog' icons disappear (which allowed us to access the History / Bookmarks / Downloads menu), in addition to the one that allowed us show sidebars and access user account from Firefox.



All these functions are still available in the new main menu of the application ... with the exception of activation of the side bars, what seems to have disappeared from the map.



A comparison between both menus It also allows us to appreciate several differences between the two:




Menus Firefox




The most obvious, the disappearance of the icons: this menu is very more spartan than the previous one; also easier to read, as the elements of the same are less caked.



Furthermore, the listing and ordering of the available functions varies greatly. Thus, we see that certain basic options that we could access in other ways have disappeared (such as 'Cut / Copy / Paste', 'Print' or 'Open file') ...



… As has also been done by 'Search on this page', 'Customize taskbar' or the 'Protection panel' (the latter, still available within 'Settings', the old 'Options').



Finally, the options in the submenus 'More' and 'Web Developer' become unified under the heading of 'More tools', as well as 'Catalog' is subdivided now in 'Bookmarks', 'History' and 'Downloads'.