Support some sort of home page button/shortcut in Firefox for Metro

RESOLVED INCOMPLETE

Status

defect
P3
normal
RESOLVED INCOMPLETE
7 years ago
2 years ago

People

(Reporter: jimm, Unassigned)

Tracking

Trunk
x86_64
Windows 8.1
Dependency tree / graph

Firefox Tracking Flags

(Not tracked)

Details

(Whiteboard: p=0)

(Reporter)

Description

7 years ago
If you have your home page set to about:start, you begin with the StartUI visible. However if you have your home page set to something else, ways of getting to about:start are fairly clumsy:

1) open a new tab to get the start ui there

2) swipe to bring down the address bar and load about:start in the current tab

3) swipe to bring down the address bar, tap in the address bar, enter a single letter to bring up autocomplete, backspace to remove the letter you typed

I'd suggest we add some sort of a home button to the address bar that flips between about:start and the user's default home page.
(Reporter)

Updated

7 years ago
Component: General → General
Product: Firefox → Firefox for Metro
this is hanging off of the startui tracking bug, which is on the mvp list.

It does not appear to me that we have this factored into the ux or have a plan for this?
Keywords: uiwanted
Whiteboard: [metro-mvp?]
I don't agree that adding a home screen btn will make the entire experience better.

First, for people who don't have startup sites customized(probably majority of our users), home tab and new tab are doing the same thing, which will feel redundant or confusing for a lot of our users(especially people who are young and living in the mobile world). 

Second, for people who have startup sites customized, they can also go backwards, or adding a new tab to access Start page. If they found doing that difficult, maybe they will change their startup back to Start page, or add start page to one of the startup sites.

Overall, we should educate users to take better advantage of new Start Page rather than compromise our UI to serve the traditional mental model. I know desktop Firefox has been talking about merging Home Tab and New Tab for a long time. And FX on Win8 should be a great example to show the benefits of merging them together.
(Reporter)

Updated

7 years ago
Whiteboard: [metro-mvp?] → [metro-mvp-]
customizing the start page is out for v1. If users need a custom start screen, they can use a secondary tile (pinned an alternate page to the Windows Start screen.)

Updated

6 years ago
No longer blocks: 747789

Updated

6 years ago
Summary: Support some sort of quick start screen access button/shortcut → Support some sort of home page button/shortcut in Firefox for Metro
Whiteboard: [metro-mvp-]
(Reporter)

Updated

6 years ago
Component: General → App Bar
I agree this suffers from the same confusion inherited from desktop's home vs new tab screens. But we still need a solution for metro. Currently clicking the + button for new tab is the workaround which feels awkward especially as compared to the various affordances windows gives you for getting back to their start screen.
One possibility would be to make "start" sticky in the addressbar suggestions list
No longer blocks: metrov2planning
Whiteboard: [feature]
Whiteboard: [feature] → [feature] p=0
Depends on: 967654
Removing 'uiwanted' keyword as UX dependency bug has been created which blocks bug 794064.
Keywords: uiwanted
(Reporter)

Updated

5 years ago
Priority: -- → P3
Priority: P3 → P2
Whiteboard: [feature] p=0 → p=0
Priority: P2 → --
(Reporter)

Updated

5 years ago
Priority: -- → P3
OS: Windows 8 Metro → Windows 8.1
Mass close of bugs in obsolete product https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1350354
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 2 years ago
Resolution: --- → INCOMPLETE
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