With Firefox's Tab Candy Feature, We'll Finally Achieve Tab Nirvana

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I never would have thought that an improvement in tab technology would have me fist-pumping in front of my computer, but this video preview for Firefox's forthcoming Tab Candy feature, which spatially organizes and groups tabs, really has me jazzed.

All of the symptoms covered in this video—50 tabs open at once, scrolling endlessly through said tabs, information guilt—these are all things I suffer from every day, and I've long yearned for a better way to navigate all those tabs. Tab Candy, offering an expose-style overview of all the stuff you have open, is pretty much exactly the solution I had been dreaming of.

Sure, there are potential issues with memory hoggage—with Tab Candy, why would I ever close a tab again!—but as the video points out, the developers are working to optimize the system for such usage. If you want to brave a rough, "super-early" build of Firefox 4 beta with Tab Candy, you can do so here. Personally, I'm just glad tab salvation is finally on its way. [Aza Raskin via Tech Crunch]


Michael Scrip

Am I the only person who regularly closes their browser and doesn't have it remember my tabs?

I don't need to have GMail always open in a tab. My home button is iGoogle... and I simply click it to see if I have new mail (if my Blackberry hasn't told me already)

The video talks about tasks... but my tasks vary from day to day. I don't need the same websites persistantly loaded in tabs all the time.

I do, however, have my bookmark bar full of links (favicons with no icons) so I can quickly go to any site as I need to. I can search my history if I need to find something from a while ago... but I don't need to keep them all running in a tab.

The video does make a good case for when you're camera shopping... to keep all those different sites handy.

But for day-to day-browsing... I never understood having 50 tabs open at once... all the time.