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Firefox could get vertical tabs in the future

Firefox Nightly now available with vertical tabs (Source: Mozilla)
Firefox Nightly now available with vertical tabs (Source: Mozilla)
An idea that surfaced on Mozilla Connect > Ideas more than two years ago has finally became an actual feature in Firefox Nightly. Still in the "very rough proof-of-concept" stage, vertical tabs are now one step closer to becoming available for all Mozilla Firefox users. However, it is also possible that this won't happen anytime soon.

While browsers like Microsoft Edge or Vivaldi had vertical tabs for a few years now, Mozilla Firefox users still have to rely on third-party extensions to add this feature to it. The list of such add-ons includes Vertical Tabs Reloaded, Vertical Tree Tabs, Sidebery, Tab Center Reborn, and many others. Now, Firefox Nightly got vertical tabs, although it might not hit the public release anytime soon.

A discussion that unfolded on Reddit last week received input from an alleged PM on a team that worked on this feature at Mozilla. When talking about the stage of this feature, he said that "We built this very rough proof-of-concept to test an interaction model capable of solving needs that have become table stakes in modern browsers — without utterly overloading Firefox."

He added that the team checked approaches such as split view, vertical tabs, and pinning tabs to the sidebar. He also revealed that the community will be asked to provide feedback in the months to follow. Status updates will be provided in the Ideas section of Mozilla Connect. Here, a discussion regarding the need of a native vertical tabs feature in Firefox was started more than two years ago. Remains to see where it will lead in the long run. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2024-04- 3 (Update: 2024-04- 3)