Mozilla Working on Windows 8 “Modern Interface” Edition of Firefox

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Microsoft set out to change the world with Windows 8, and little by little, its influence is spreading in the tech industry. We've seen a handful of software vendors retool their product's interface to match that of Windows 8, and come December, Mozilla will ship an updated version of Firefox sporting a Modern UI look and feel.

Dubbed "Firefox Metro," work has already begun on it and Firefox 26 for Windows, which it will be packaged alongside of. The touch-optimized browser is scheduled to reach Mozilla's Aurora channel on September 16 and Beta channel on October 28, which means users will have a first real glimpse of the updated build as early as next month.

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This has been a long time coming. Mozilla first mentioned a Metro version of its popular browser way back in February 2012, revealing a prototype two months later. A very early preview version would debut in October 2012 a few weeks ahead of Microsoft's Windows 8 launch. Initially, Mozilla hoped to have the browser ready by January 2013.
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RMedley replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 12:42 PM

WHY??? they already have a mobile version!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It better not be like the Android one. I just want one that's perfect like the desktop version (minus the classic Windows look).

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JDiaz replied on Sun, Aug 18 2013 7:36 PM

Obviously for all the touch screen Windows 8 devices of course... desktop App isn't very useful if you're using a tablet for example.

Making a Modern UI version means touch screen support and optimization for smaller devices than you would normally use the desktop app for...

Besides, Mozilla is trying to get Firefox everywhere... even coming out with their own FF based phone OS...

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digitaldd replied on Wed, Aug 21 2013 9:27 AM

I am running Mozilla Nightly on my Windows 8 computer at home the Metro/Modern version has existed for several versions of that now, though it breaks most add-ons & plug-ins so be warned.

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