There seems to a trend now that everyone’s offering a way to view all your opened tabs in your web browser as thumbnails, inspired by the ExposÃƒÂ© feature in Mac OS X. There’s the foXpose extension for Firefox and now IE 7 also has it as a native feature (Opera has some advanced tiling features, but I’m not sure I would say they’re the same thing).
I’m not really sure if there’s a need for this out there, or if what we’re seeing is a new need being created. While I like the idea of making switching between tabs more visual, at first I didn’t find this feature useful at all. Also, using foxPose meant that when I use it, it opens up the thumbnails in a new tab. Annoying.
But then I started using it in IE 7 and I love the simplicity of it. Just press
Ctrl + Q to show the thumbnails, and then press it again to make it disappear. Very nice! The only thing in the IE 7 thumbnail view that felt a little awkward was that the scroll bar had the old Windows 2000 look, while the web browser itself had the nice XP look.
What’s your take on this? An overrated feature or something that will be default web browsing behavior in the future?