Mozilla is working hard to modernize Firefox, the revision called Proton trying to recover from the gap in terms of interface and functionality, following in the footsteps of the Chrome favorite.
The days when Firefox and Chrome competed side by side, enjoying large communities of devoted users, are long gone, the balance definitely tilting in favor of the solution offered by Google.
Chrome has embraced a minimalist interface design, leaving most of the advanced features behind the Settings menu, or, in the chrome: // flags section, the idea that advanced users will be able to find them anyway. Instead, Moziila chose to leave more settings visible in the Firefox interface, in order to give more power to users. The consequence was a feeling of crowding the lists of menus with rarely accessed functions, the least initiated being even intimidated by them. It’s not clear exactly how much the unmodified Firefox interface has contributed to the exodus of users to the Chrome and Edge alternatives, but the Mozilla developer seems determined to rectify the situation.
Mozilla seems to focus largely on the New Tab experience and improving the main menu. The first will provide easy settings for customizing the look by setting wallpapers and content to display in the “quick dial” boxes.
The new version of the main menu will have an expandable organization, which unlike the Chrome Settings menu, will not push rarely accessed settings into hidden menus or additional settings pages.
Also, the Proton revision brings to Firefox an interface with more color and rounded shapes, trying to offer a breath of freshness compared to the minimalist and generally monochrome look of the rival Chrome.
Andrew is half-human, half-gamer. He’s also a science fiction author writing for BleeBot.