Back in September, I reviewed the add-on Tabs Open Relative, which had suddenly become very popular with the release of Google Chrome. The current tab behavior in Firefox is for a new (child) tab opened via a link to do so at the end of the tab bar. However both Chrome and IE8 (Beta) will open the child tab to the right of the current tab (or other child tab). New tabs opened via the new tab button, file menu or control+T will still open at the end of the tab bar.
This new behavior will be included in the upcoming trunk builds, however it has yet to be determine if it will be an included feature in the final 3.1 release later this year. I guess a lot of the decision is going to be based on feedback from Firefox users which was the reason the ‘tab preview’ feature was yanked. However given this is a standard behaviour in both Chrome and IE8 I think it is going to be something users are going to come to expect from Firefox.
A couple final points, Firefox 3 users can replicate this new behavior using the Tabs Open Relative add-on. When I first saw this headline on Mozilla Links I was really hoping it meant Mozilla had yanked the annoying ‘tab tearing’ feature. Sadly, it was not.
New Source: Mozilla Links