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Firefox Home Tab
Stage Landed
Status In progress
Release target Firefox 13
Health OK
Status note Home Tab phase 1 landed Fx13. Phase 2 work in progress now with UX team.


Product manager Chris Lee
Directly Responsible Individual Chris Lee
Lead engineer `
Security lead `
Privacy lead `
Localization lead `
Accessibility lead `
QA lead Vlad Ghetiu
UX lead Jennifer Morrow
Product marketing lead `
Operations lead `
Additional members `

Open issues/risks


Stage 1: Definition

1. Feature overview

Firefox Home Tab is a small pinned tab placed at the far left of the tab strip that will serve as the user's home on the Web. The plan is for this interface to be locally hosted, customizable, and personalized to the needs of each individual user.

With the introduction of Apps and Identity into Firefox, a user's Home Tab will be the central location where users can access some of their most valuable content. Firefox will offer easy access to things users are familiar with today (Bookmarks, History, Settings, Downloads) as well as introduce the Apps Marketplace -- a great place to discover exciting new content on the Web.

As the content on the Home Tab evolves, we believe this page should be completely for the user. The goal is to make this page as customizable as possible, and offer valuable modules that really enhance the Firefox experience.

The work here will be broken out into multiple phases with details of each phase below.

2. Users & use cases


3. Dependencies


4. Requirements

Phase 1
  • The work here is focused on the content of the about:home page
  • Tab infrastructure does not change and about:home will remain as a tab (vs. a pinned tab)
  • In this phase we will introduce launchers to the the Firefox Home page. See the UX spec below to see what this looks like. These launchers will serve as a starting point to access common activities for Firefox users today.
  • Bug 711157 - Home Tab phase 1
  • Assuming a Fx13 launch target date of 6/5, the "Apps Marketplace" launcher will need to be pref'ed off until the Marketplace goes GA at the end of Q2.
  • When Apps Marketplace launches, we'll need to flip the pref for the Marketplace icon to appear for a specific set of launch locales.
    • Specific locales to be determined by Apps product team.
Phase 2
  • Tab infrastructure will change and about:home will become a pinned tab
  • The pinned tab will behave like any current pinned tab and will be removable by the user
  • Enhances the Home Tab content with the intro of the Apps Marketplace as well as additional modules that allow users to customize their page with content that matters to them
  • UX is working on a wireframe for what the 'final' design will look like as well as creating more detailed specs for the various modules that will live on the page itself for phase 2
  • More detail to come shortly
  • Wireframes for stage 2:



Stage 2: Design

5. Functional specification


6. User experience design

Phase 1 UX design spec

Stage 3: Planning

7. Implementation plan


8. Reviews

Security review


Privacy review


Localization review




Quality Assurance review


Operations review


Stage 4: Development

9. Implementation

  • Implementation has not started for phase 1 yet
  • Waiting for Engineer to be assigned
Archive Dev info

Stage 5: Release

10. Landing criteria


Feature details

Priority P1
Rank 8
Theme / Goal Discover
Roadmap Firefox Desktop
Secondary roadmap `
Feature list Desktop
Project `
Engineering team Desktop front-end

Team status notes

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