Firefox Australis 16.0.1a

Get an early look at the new Firefox Australis interface

 
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It's been public knowledge for a while now that Mozilla intends to future versions of Firefox to have a uniform look across all form factors.

But now Jared Wein, a Software Engineer at Mozilla, has written a blog post with an image of the new Australis design (or the new curvy tab shape, anyway). And if that's not enough, he's also created a test build (Windows-only) so that you can view it for yourself.

Wein says the aim of Australis is to provide "more customizability in a cleaner and fresher user interface", and it's certainly looking good to us.

However, if the grabs aren't enough then you can always download a copy to try it further. We're linking to the ZIP file version here, you can just unzip and run it without overwriting your current Firefox installation (but this is a test build, so we wouldn't use it for anything other than a quick look at the revamped tabs).

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Australis looks like it's going to give Firefox a more appealing look, and we'll be very interested to see the finished version.

Specification: Firefox Australis 16.0.1a:

Platforms:
Windows XP,Windows Vista (32 bit),Windows 7 (32 bit),Windows Vista (64 bit),Windows 7 (64 bit)
Version:
16.0.1a
Licence:
Open Source
Developer:
Mozilla (Firefox Nightly)
Date Added:
July 11, 2012