Thoughts on the New Mozilla Firefox 29.0

Notice: This article is in no means a “total review” of the famed web browser. That is not my purpose for this article. Instead, I intend to write and speak my general opinion of the web browser. My first impressions and thoughts of the web browser. This article is mainly opinionated from the standpoint of someone who has used Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Opera, and back to Firefox. Again, this is just the thoughts of my own which may of course, change from time to time.


On April 29, 2014, Mozilla Corporation has released a new version of Firefox that has totally revamped itself from its previous versions. This new version of Firefox brings itself a new look and a rearrangement of the location of the menu tab.

The new look of Mozilla Firefox 29.0

Immediate Impressions

Once I’ve opened up Firefox, I was immediately amazed by the new look. The new look for the tabs definitely remind me a bit of Google Chrome. Especially with a beautiful blue, frosted, and blurred backdrop behind the tabs. As much as it did remind me of Google Chrome’s main “blue” theme, I definitely didn’t mind looking at it. It wasn’t distracting but it wasn’t disgusting either. It was just, perfect.

As I skimmed around the interface of Firefox, I noticed that the orange tab that was located in the top left corner of previous versions of Firefox was gone. That tab has now completely disappeared and has been moved to a little icon on the far right of the Firefox interface. I’ll explain more of this later.

But one thing that I was definitely disappointed about was that Firefox has not yet switched over to the nice unibar that other browsers such as Google Chrome and Opera have used. If you don’t know what a unibar is, it’s basically the address and search bar combined. After using Google Chrome and Opera, I see no reason for keeping the address and search bar apart anymore. It just seems so much more functional to combine it together.

Another feature that seems to be missing is the bookmarks bar. Now by default, there is a bookmarks icon right next to the right of the search bar. However, I would still like to have my bookmarks bar there by default. Though this is a simple issue to fix (I’ll explain later), I still find it a bit odd that I have to go through the trouble of enabling this simple feature just so I can improve the functionality of my own experience.

After Some Exploration

The menu icon on the far right of the Firefox toolbar.

After noticing that the orange tab was gotten rid of, I was able to locate the new menu icon that would provide options to customize, install add-ons, and so forth. It’s located on the far right of the toolbar. You click on that, you’ll get a nice Google-looking style of options and add-ons in a grid format.

It provides some of the basic features of course. Such as zoom and copy & paste. While the rest of the options are placed as tiles in a grid format. These tiles include the print option, save page, and new window.

The customization “dashboard” in Mozilla Firefox 29.0

At the bottom of the menu pane, I found the option to customize my browser. Yay! When you click on that, your browser basically turns into a dashboard. You can drag additional tiles into the menu pane. But you can also drag the Google search bar out of the way. So now, you can finally have that unibar you’ve always wanted! Well… I wanted…

By the way, I was also able to bring back the bookmarks bar by clicking on the “Customize” button. Then, I selected the “Bookmarks Toolbar” by clicking on the “Show/Hide Toolbar” option at the bottom. You can of course, show the menu bar if you want.

But realistically, the former orange tab that was at the top-left corner of your web browser, is now an icon of stripes on the far right of the toolbar. When clicked upon, you’re presented with a grid of tiles giving you options and functionality. And of course, you have the option to customize the layout of the tiles and the toolbar with that nice “Customize” button at the bottom.

One interesting feature about the new menu pane that I must mention is the power button. All that it does is that it closes your web browser. That’s it. Honestly, I’ll just be quiet about this feature. It’s interesting, but why go through the trouble to put a power button to close the web browser when a close button is already available?

The “shutdown” icon in Mozilla Firefox 29.0

The Conclusion

After using the web browser for a while, there really is nothing for me to complain about that is that big of a deal. It’s a browser that works and serves well for its purposes. The only possible fallback for this web browser is the setup of no default bookmarks toolbar. As well as the interestingly odd power button to close the web browser.

But like I said earlier, it serves my purposes. I can surf the web with ease and enjoy my experience with great add-ons. If somebody were to ask me if they should give this browser a go, go for it! This web browser is definitely worth your time!




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