Firefox 3.5 has been out less than a month and the announcement of Firefox 3.7 was only last week. However, Mozilla are already looking ahead to version 4 of Firefox.
So far there’s only screenshots available so there’s no information on what the release is likely to include in terms of functionality or additional HTML 5 and CSS 3 support but the screenshots do suggest that there are considerable changes planned, at least in terms of usability.
I really like what they’re considering for the tabs on top of the browser bar but is it simply recreating what Google Chrome currently does? Are Mozilla simply following the same interface in the hope that all the additional Add-ons will keep users loyal to Firefox? If Google Chrome no longer has the benefit of a better interface then why use it at all?
Currently, I use Firefox for development as I can’t pull myself away from using Firebug, but I do use Google Chrome for general browsing due to its speed and easy to use interface so if Firefox can improve on those aspects then I may decide to use Firefox as my sole browser.
It’s a risky call as it may alienate Firefox users from what they know so will be interesting to see which interface design they decide to go for upon its release.
As I mentioned before though, these are just initial screenshots so I’ll be much more interested in seeing what the browser has in stall for us in terms of HTML 5 and CSS 3 support when those details are released.