Ben has posted a preliminary screenshot of the Software Update Notification UI for Firefox.
Some early thoughts:
- When does this notification appear? Does it appear at startup before Firefox is opened? Because if it requires a user to click on the big red blob in the upper right-hand corner of Firefox, it has failed the grandma test. This notification should appear at startup just like Trillian does when it needs an update…make the user focus on it and not dismiss it.
- The big exclamation mark about the update possibily breaking themes and extensions should not be there. It makes the update scary and not inviting, which is the exact opposite reaction Firefox should be getting. In fact, users will expect Firefox to be smart enough to install updated versions of themes and extensions that do work with the update automatically without user intervention. Keep in mind, the average user will not take the time to update their theme and extensions, all they will notice is their theme or extension not working. Firefox must get this right.
- Rename the “Download & Install” button to “Update Firefox.” Makes it more clearer what the button does.
- Delete “It is strongly recommended that you upgrade Firefox as soon as possible by clicking Download & Install ».” Just say “Click on the ‘Update Firefox’ to begin. This should take only a few moments.”
Other then that, great work! Keep it up!