In the past 5 months, as a Firefox extension, Test Pilot attracted more than 12,000 active daily users to help testing our products. Over 7000 people sent their test data back to Mozilla. We have conducted 3 studies, including Tab Open/Close study, A Week in the Life of a Browser- Bookmarks study and Accounts and Passwords study. All things we leaned from our users will directly help to inform your next version of Firefox and related services. You are also welcome to download our sanitized, anonymous and aggregated data samples for your own research.
The New Study
Today, we will introduce a new study that aims to learn more on how people uses menu items while browsing. Here is what Alex Faaborg, the principal designer for Firefox thinks about this study:
“Ever since Mosaic 1.0 Web browsers have had a menu bar.
However, this menu bar has always illogically followed the design of a standard desktop publishing application, containing top level commands like File and Edit, even though these commands are not always directly applicable to the primary functionality of a Web browser,which is generally not limited to document creation and editing. To streamline the Firefox user interface, and to match the overall interactive design of Windows 7, the Firefox UX team is exploring collapsing the menu bar into a single “application button” when Firefox is running on modern versions of Windows.
This change will help simplify Firefox, both visually and interactively, and will also leverage external consistency with other applications that the user regularly uses alongside Firefox. However, we currently haven’t decided on the exact contents of the menu that the application button will display to the user. ”
Join the study
The goal for this study is to answer these three questions:
* Which menu items are the most commonly used?
* Which menu items are the least commonly used?
* How long do users spend exploring the menu bar contents before selecting each particular menu item? (collecting this data now will aid us in later determining if the new design makes users more efficient and effective)
We are planning to roll out this study on the first week of February, and it will last about 5 days. For everyone who is interested in this study, you will be able to see your own usage data visualized on your computer, before you submit the data. We WON’T record any personal information, such as history items. Instead, we will only count the interactions with fixed standard menu items that used across different platforms. You can also choose not to submit the data at the end or leave the study if you are not comfortable with it.
So buckle up, join us in the new study from Test Pilot!
For more detail about this study, please read the full study introduction!