Mozilla is releasing Firefox 29 this week, and the first thing most people will notice about the web browser is that it looks quite different from Firefox 28. In fact, it looks more like Google Chrome than it looks like earlier versions of Mozilla’s web browser.
The team has been testing the browser’s new user interface (code-named Australis) for a while, and it’s been available to folks running Firefox 29 beta since March. If you really don’t like the new look, you can pretty much revert to a more classic feel by installing a third-party plugin.
But the new user interface is just one of the things that changes in Firefox 29.
Mozilla has also launched Firefox Accounts, which provide a new way to synchronize your data between multiple devices running the Firefox web browser. Data that’s shared over the internet is encrypted.
There’s also a new Gamepad API and anew customization mode. You can now drag and drop icons for functions including sync, download, or add-ons to your toolbar to change the layout of the browser.
Overall the biggest change is clearly the user interface, with the menu icon moved to the right side of the toolbar, the browser tabs given rounded edges, and the entire UI generally designed to take up less space so that more of your screen is devoted to the websites you’re viewing.