Firefox for Windows 8 metro in development

We know that Microsoft would be releasing the Windows 8 consumer preview on February 29 and the RTM version is expected late this year but the guys at Mozilla has already started working on Firefox for the Windows 8 metro version. Firefox is indeed the second most popular web browser after Internet Explorer and everyone would like to see Firefox running on Windows 8 metro. Here is what the mozilla team posted-

Windows 8 contains two application environments, “Classic” and “Metro”. Classic is very similar to the Windows 7 environment at this time, it requires a simple evolution of the current Firefox Windows product. Metro is an entirely new environment and requires a new Firefox front end and system integration points.

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.)

It’s clear from the above quote that Mozilla team can easily port Firefox on the desktop version of Windows 8, but lot of work has to be done for the metro version.

Mozilla Firefox Windows 8

We may soon see the alpha version of Firefox for Windows 8 soon, but as of now there is no confirmation about the dates from the Mozilla team.

Here are couple of pages on the Mozilla website related to Windows 8-

  • https://wiki.mozilla.org/Windows8
  • https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/Windows_8_Integration
  • https://wiki.mozilla.org/Windows_8_Integration

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