Mozilla Working on ‘Firefox Metro’ for Windows 8

Things are rapidly changing in the tech word. Particularly, when it comes to computers and operating systems, a lot of work is going on in this field to improve the user experience. We have already heard a lot about Windows 8 and its capabilities to change the user experience. However, this news is not something that we had from Microsoft’s camp, but the news came out straight from Mozilla. Yes, Mozilla is working on a version of Firefox that will meet the ‘Metro’ design aesthetic fronts. This means that the browser will offer Internet Explorer a run for status on its home ground.

At the moment, everyone is expecting to have a browser that perfectly aligns with Windows 8’s new capabilities in the coming days. Mozilla is doing a great job to working on a new project at the time when beta version of operating system is still to be released. This is a clear sign of the fact that besides improving the user-base, major platforms are looking Windows 8 as fundamentally unavoidable.

It is reported that Internet Explorer 10 will be launched with Windows 8. After releasing Internet Explorer 9 with a host of changes, the new browser will be an evolutionary version of Microsoft’s web browser. It will feature a graphical user interface designed to perform well with touch.

This is what Mozilla said on MozillaWiki page:

The feature goal here is a new Gecko based browser built for and integrated with the Metro environment. Firefox on Metro, like all other Metro apps will be full screen, focused on touch interactions, and connected to the rest of the Metro environment through Windows 8 contracts.

Firefox on Metro will bring all of the Gecko capabilities to this new environment and the assumption is that we’ll be able to run as a Medium integrity app so we can access all of the win32 Firefox Gecko libraries avoiding a port to the new WinRT API for the bulk of our code. (Though we will need to have a pan and zoom capability for content)

Assuming that the Mozilla will release a Metro version of its browser, it will offer an entirely native experience. It seems that we will soon get our hands on its early build. We will get back to you with more updates on this as soon as Mozilla will release them. Stay tuned.

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