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A new update experience for Australis: our process and design principles

Try it out now in Firefox Beta for desktop!

We’re excited to release a new onboarding experience for users updating to the new Firefox (Australis). We're not just introducing a new design in Firefox 29, but a new way for the web and browser chrome to interact with each other in our onboarding experience.  This will allow us to show, not just tell the users what is new in Firefox and educate them about the browser. With this new interaction we avoid relying on passive viewing of a web page and create a memorable experience that is immersed in the browser. To learn more, see the following blog posts that describe our design principles and process. Also, try it out for yourself now in Beta before it reaches our general release channel and feel free to send me any feedback.


Video of update experience and new tour UI for Firefox Beta users upgrading to the new Australis browser.


5 questions to ask during your design process

Learn how our initial assumptions about educating users became a project dedicated to creating an Update experience for Firefox 29 in 5 questions to ask during your design process.

Introducing the Update Experience for Australis

Learn about the key design principles that stemmed from our research and testing in Introducing the Update Experience for Australis.

Onboarding Tour UI

Cross-team collaboration at Mozilla has been key to creating this experience.  The collaboration spans across teams such as release engineering, web development, marketing, visual design, UX, user advocacy & support, metrics, and others. In just over a year, this project grew from a side project for just a few of us to an in-product experience for our users. Thanks to everyone involved for their hard work and stay tuned as we continue to iterate and improve in preparation for the Firefox 29 general release.

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