In a move that is likely to alienate part of the Firefox user base, Firefox developers have removed the status bar from the latest nightly builds of the upcoming web browser.
Users who download and install the nightly build will immediately notice that the status bar has been removed from the browser.
Even worse is the fact that these builds do not have an option to re-enable it, as it simply has been removed completely. All is not lost though, as the developers have added an add-on bar instead which can be activated.
The new toolbar is located at the bottom of the screen as well but hidden by default. Activating it displays a blank bar at the moment and it is likely that this will be the location of add-on buttons and information in the new Firefox 4 browser.
It is not really clear why the developers have gone through the complicated process of removing the status bar and adding an add-on bar in its place, as it basically is the equivalent of hiding the status bar by default and offering users the option to display it again if they need it.
It is not clear if the add-on bar will stay at the bottom of the screen or if it will be moved to another location. It would make sense to keep it at the bottom, considering that there are already several toolbars on top that can be used to display buttons and other options.
If you force compatibility of add-ons in Firefox 4, you will notice that the add-on bar will display the usual buttons and information that add-ons have placed in the status bar.
Well, with the exception of NoScript which is not displayed currently. It is likely that NoScript is not the only add-on that is not displayed in the add-on bar, and it is likely a compatibility problem rather than a problem of migrating the data from the status bar to the add-on bar.
The add-on bar is basically the status bar, only that is is hidden by default and that it does not display link information on hover.
It is probable that at least some add-ons stop working properly when the change is introduced.
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