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Firefox 4 ditching status bar?

If you’re using the latest Firefox 4 beta you may have noticed a few new visual changes…

There is now a loading progress indicator displayed in the URL/Address bar as a page loads.

Traditionally Firefox displays indicator of page load via the use of a spinner on the tab being loaded, along with informative text and a graphical loading animation in the status bar. Whilst the second of these is still used in Firefox 4, the others are not.

Another new feature present pertains to link-previews – previously Firefox would use the status bar to display the URL behind a hyperlink, like so:

Now, however, it is displayed in the location bar like so: –

Does this mean the end for the Firefox statusbar? Will you miss it?

Thanks to Peter Kwarts