After Chrome 69 shipped with a new user interface that made many users think Google had copied Firefox’s old Australis interface [1, 2, 3], Google engineers are now also working on porting two other Firefox features to Chrome –tab groups and a scrollable tabs bar. Both features are currently in the works, and there’s no deadline on when users will see them in a stable Chrome release, at least for the time being. Tab Groups The first of these new upcoming features came to light earlier this week after a keen-eyed reporter from the Chrome Story blog noticed an issue being opened on the Chrome issue tracker named “Tab Groups.” The Google employee who opened this new issue –meant to be implemented in Chrome’s desktop UI– didn’t spare too many words to describe the way it works, only revealing that “users can organize tabs into visually distinct groups, e.g. to separate tabs associated with different tasks.” The feature’s description is pretty vague, but it’s worth noting that Mozilla had a similarly named feature that it added in Firefox in 2010, a feature that let users organize tabs inside groups, only showing the tabs of one group, and hiding the other tabs. The feature was great for users who liked to work with tens or even hundreds of tabs at the same time, but Firefox engineers removed it in late 2015 because very few users actually used it, compared to the entire Firefox userbase, and they didn’t see fit to port… [Read full story]
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