The Firefox Menu

[See also the follow-up post from beltzner]

One of the new upcoming features in Firefox 4 will be the Firefox menu on Windows and Linux. The goal is to have no menu bar by default, and for the Firefox menu to be a single button in a shorter title bar. I’ve been following this feature closely in nightly builds. I was surprised a couple of days ago when I saw a 2-tiered menu by default (see Exhibit A below). The first thought that struck me is that it looks very like a Windows start menu (Exhibit B below).

For the record I like it, because you don’t have to drill down to find Add-ons and other features. The design is no doubt still in flux and not final. Does anyone know the bug number?

[Update: the bug # is 583386, but note comment 129:

This bug is marked as fixed. Please fill new bug if you think that something is wrong or you want to improve something.


What do you think?

Firefox Menu
Exhibit A: Firefox menu in Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.0; rv:2.0b5pre) Gecko/20100821 Minefield/4.0b5pre
Vista Start menu
Exhibit B: The MicroSoft Vista Start menu

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