I honestly haven’t been this excited about an upcoming technology that lets you browse the net so efficiently since tabs first came into existence way back when. And just as tabbed browsing revolutionized the way we all browse the internet today, the new Tab Candy (tab management feature) for Firefox 4 will do the same tomorrow.
In its simplest form, Tab Candy is just an Exposé style overview of all your tabs. However, it goes much further than just a simple visual representation of all of your currently open tabs. You can drag and drop different tabs into different groups, rename said groups and reorganize them in a convenient way that most suits you. In essence you can create a mind map to keep your daily browsing activities in check.
While Tab Candy pretty much eliminates the necessity for something as archaic as Bookmarks, the same concept applies, only it’s more visually appealing and in your face. Even though all of this looks pretty, the Firefox team is hard at work on optimizing this tech while also expanding its usability. Thanks to Tab Candy, I would probably never feel the need to close an important tab again, which means I could literally have more than a hundred tabs open at any given time. That said, Tab Candy is still in early development phase, and we have a good time before Firefox 4 has its final release.
As it stands, with only the ability to organize tabs in groups, Tab Candy is already a more productive tool than provided with any browser in the market. What appeals to me more than anything is the promised ability to share tab groups with your friends. This means that any specific topic that I’m researching on, I can have all the relevant tabs sent to my coworkers by sharing a group, so that we’re all on the same proverbial page. Sort of the same idea as Google Docs or Dropbox, but focused towards sharing various sources of information rather than working on the same end product.
As you can see from the video posted by one of the development team members above, Tab Candy, simply put, is one of the biggest innovations made towards a better, easier and more productive web browsing experience than anything in the past few years. If you want to experience Tab Candy at its most basic, then get the Firefox 4.0 beta.
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