We have all been waiting to see what the new Firefox 2.0 Visual Refresh was going to look like and now we get a glimpse of it. You can tell by looking at the overall picture above that they are trying to give a more glossy effect to the buttons. It kind of reminds me of Windows Media Player 11.
Believe it or not but each of these tabs show a different shade of color. The first tab to the left is demonstrating what a selected tab will look like. The middle tab is showing what a background tab will look like when the mouse is hovering over it and the last tab just shows a background tab.
This image is supposed to demonstrate that the borders around the buttons will be nearly non-existent when the mouse is not near them, but as soon as the mouse comes close the borders will reveal themselves so that the user knows they can click on them.
This pictures just shows the new search bar. As seen in the picture it will glow when a new search engine is available to the user.
Finally, the RSS feed icon. Unlike before the RSS icon will always be visible in the address bar but it will normally be grayed out if there is no feed available. If there is a feed available it will start a glowing effect so that it really stands out to the user.
Overall I think that the design looks nice and the new glossy appearance is great. However, I was expecting to see a different style of navigation buttons like combining the Refresh and Stop button. Maybe they have that in their plans though?