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Posted 23 May 2011 - 07:10 PM

Kill Your Browser's Address Bar? Pros and Cons

By Ian Paul, PCWorld May 23, 2011 6:36 AM

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are working on deemphasizing your browser's address bar to maximize screen space and put the focus on web apps instead of websites.

Both browser makers are looking to web app stores that offer one-click navigation to your favorite sites as a new way to interact with the web. Google also has an extra incentive to push web apps since that is the only way Google's new Chrome OS laptops due out in June would be useful.

But is pushing the URL bar into the background a good idea? Sure you get a little more screen space -- about 30 pixels in Chrome -- but you also have less control over how you navigate the Web. Is that a tradeoff you're willing to take?

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