Firefox in Full Support of Windows 8, Screen Shots of New Browser Engine Emerge

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News Posted: Sat, Feb 16 2013 12:13 PM

The verdict might still be out on whether or not the masses dig the Modern UI of Windows 8, but that hasn't stopped some developers from putting major weight behind their efforts to support it. Take Mozilla, for example, which has no intention of not given its users the option. If there's one thing that sucks, it's not having your favorite browser accessible on your platform of choice. Firefox is available pretty-well everywhere else - heck, it's even getting its own phone - so why not add Windows 8 to the collection?

The best part of this news is that it's not just something that'll come in the future, but is available to test-drive now if you're willing to install the latest Firefox nightly from one of the most attractive-looking pages on the Internet. Once installed, you'll notice a special icon in your Start screen for it, and once clicked, it will launch the Windows 8 App if Firefox is set as the default browser. Note that both the stable and nightly version of the browser can't be used at the same time, though both share the same profile.

Here are a couple of Mozilla-provided screenshots:

It's clear that the Windows 8 version of Firefox isn't going to be too dissimilar to the mobile variants, with tabs hidden until you need them. The biggest difference will be the also-hidden Charms-like menu at the bottom, which would be triggered by right-clicking your mouse or swiping downward on a tablet.

If you currently use a Web browser inside of Windows 8's Modern UI, will you be making the move to Firefox?

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I use Chrome for Desktop currently because

a) Hahaha IE

b) Chrome Metro looks ew

This looks very neat though. And I might even make the switch.

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3vi1 replied on Sun, Feb 17 2013 7:13 PM

Why do I picture Slim Pickens, riding the bomb down?

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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