With version 29 of its Firefox browser, Mozilla debuts the Australis interface and a new accounts function allowing users to synchronize data and settings across multiple devices.
The new interface which borrows heavily from Chrome. Tabs are now rounded and most interface elements are hidden in the new menu button.
The searchand address bars have been combined like in Chrome as well. Type in an address or search into the bar and Firefox will recognize what you’re looking for.
Add-ons are also hidden away in the new menu button. The menu is customizable, allowing users to drag and drop which interface elements they want.
All in all, the updates place Firefox more in line with Google Chrome, which is currently the world’s most popular browser.
Mozilla will include a tutorial about all the changes. When you update, you’ll be given a walkthrough about what’s moved around and how everything works.
Firefox Sync has also been simplified, requiring users to create a Firefox account. Firefox Sync keeps all your bookmarks, history, tabs, and other data synced across all your installations of Firefox. To get started, create a Firefox account by entering your email and password. Log into each installation of Firefox to sync your data.
Android users will also be getting Firefox 29, but the changes won’t be as dramatic. The Bing search engine now suggests results and support for Firefox Sync has been added.