Mozilla shows Firefox-on-Metro progress

Last month, we told you all about Mozilla’s plans for a Metro version of Firefox. Now, Mozilla’s Brian Bondy has updated his blog with fresh news about the project. As it turns out, a fair bit of work has been done already.

"As of last week, we have a working browser in Metro," says Bondy. "It currently looks and feels the same as the Android browser. You can navigate the web, create tabs, bookmark pages, build history, retain cache, adjust preferences, and more."

Now, as you can probably tell by the screenshot above, the user interface hasn’t been Metro-ified just yet—Bondy says the browser still uses UI code from Fennec, Mozilla’s mobile browser project. However, some Metro integration is already in place. The browser purportedly supports the Metro file picker, Metro search, Metro share (see above), and Metro snap (so it can run side-by-side with other applications).

Bondy says Mozilla still intends to deliver a "working Firefox prototype on Metro" by the end of this quarter.

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    • bcronce
    • 8 years ago

    WinXP is going to suck! Complete failure, MS will burn.

    Oops, wrong decade

    Win7 will suck, it’s just Vista. No one will purchase it and MS will die.

    Opps, wrong year again.. sorry guys, I just can’t get this right.

    Win8 will fail.

    Much better.

    • impar
    • 8 years ago

    Ugly, like all other metro apps.
    Less useful than proper Firefox, like all other metro apps compared to desktop counter-parts.

    • Kaleid
    • 8 years ago

    My first browser

    • phez
    • 8 years ago

    I will not be buying Windows 8.

    • chrissodey
    • 8 years ago

    Hey Microsoft! Please change the name from Windows 8 to “Windows 7: Tablet Edition”. Also, don’t try to turn my PC into a phone. It is a PC, keep it a PC. And no I don’t want a trackpad accessory for my PC when a good mouse works perfect. It is more egonomic and I don’t need to flick my way accross the web with whatever combination of fingers and gestures that you cook up.

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      Even Apple understands this.

    • Compton
    • 8 years ago

    Firefox-On-Metro sounds like some kind of new-fangled Department Of Justice hate-crime classification.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    for you peeps qqing, windows 8 specs REQUIRE a touchscreen for any shipping computer. this will bring the age of touchable pcs to market.

      • bthylafh
      • 8 years ago

      Wrong. That’s not true for non-ARM machines.

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        this is what i saw. Not sure how it compares. this does say tablets/convertibles.
        [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8#Hardware_requirements_for_tablets.2Fconvertibles[/url<]

          • Washer
          • 8 years ago

          No where does that say all shipping computers will require a touchscreen. That requirement is solely for convertible laptops and tablets.

            • sweatshopking
            • 8 years ago

            yeah i see that. that’s why mentioned that it says tablets and convertibles. it seems i missed the arm/x86 difference.

      • albundy
      • 8 years ago

      there is no way in HELL that i am getting up to touch my tv everytime i need to do something!!!!!!!!!

        • sweatshopking
        • 8 years ago

        nobody said you should? you can still use the same peripherals you’re using now…. what an irrational post…

        • TheMonkeyKing
        • 8 years ago

        But what if had boobies on it?

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      That actually makes a bit of sense.

      • Bensam123
      • 8 years ago

      This is sarcasm, right? I can’t honestly tell…

    • Grigory
    • 8 years ago

    Dear Great Atheismo, please make Metro on the desktop go away. Thank you! Amen.

      • xeridea
      • 8 years ago

      Just do what I do, Say No, and just run Win7 for 20 years, or until Metro goes away. If Metro is still around then, switch to Linux, but never the fruit, for it is the forbidden fruit.

        • Grigory
        • 8 years ago

        Well, Metro could be great for touch based devices so I don’t want it to go away completely. I just don’t want it near my desktop.

        • kvndoom
        • 8 years ago

        Then you’ll get derided and called a Luddite, idiot, and other colorful names just like people who say “Windows XP is good enough for how I use my computer.”

          • sweatshopking
          • 8 years ago

          those people are morons. just teasing cause of your post 🙂

          • burntham77
          • 8 years ago

          Except that Vista and Windows 7 are actual improvements over XP without introducing some new thing that gets in the way and provides minimal benefit.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            Vista was a mixed bag

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 8 years ago

            7 was the Mojave Experiment.

            • Washer
            • 8 years ago

            I don’t see it as a question of Windows 7/Vista’s superiority to XP. That much, in my opinion, is true. Instead it’s a question of value. Are the improvements in 7/Vista worth the cost? For many people that’s not the case. XP does what they need just fine, why should that person be harassed in to spending $100? Not to mention other factors like system performance demands that might have required even more spending.

            Now the question is becoming even more complicated because the benefits of moving on to Windows 8 for a desktop are seemingly questionable at best. The UI changes don’t seem to help improve the desktop experience much if any. Why should I upgrade then if it will cost me $100 and not help make my current desktop a better experience?

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 8 years ago

    Better idea:
    NOBODY write a single program for metro. Boycott the entire OS consumer and developer. Force MS to drop this WinRT based lock-in platform. Pre-bundled retail PC’s will be a hard sell when nothing runs on it. -Not like this isn’t already going to happen.
    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyc1RVCXvAk&feature=related[/url<]

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 8 years ago

      Give me back my user upgradeable CPU cache and mouseless GUI!

        • ClickClick5
        • 8 years ago

        Hey, I’ll jump on the CPU cache!

        • ew
        • 8 years ago

        FWIW even Windows 7 still can be used without a mouse.

          • Bensam123
          • 8 years ago

          Windows key and a lot of tabbing.

      • sschaem
      • 8 years ago

      I believe to design for metro you need to sent 30% of all your revenue to Microsoft
      (before you recognize any profit, so before your own r&d expenses and taxes)

      Most developers dont even see a good market with android and just stay on ios… I wonder how many developers are going to invest R&D into Metro and pay MS 30% and most likely lose money, while MS cash in.

      Metro will need hundreds of million of marketing money from MS, Intel, Dell, etc.. etc.. to force this crap windows8 Metro is down people throat. I even think metro might need marketing in the billion to have it survive…. “I would like to buy a windows7 laptop”, “sorry, We dont carry those, but you can buy a copy of windows7 for $150” … freaking sick.

      PS: Apple doesn’t charge of iOS upgrade…. Is MS ready to stop having revenue on Windows Metro ?? or will they also charge people for software upgrades on tablets?

        • chrissodey
        • 8 years ago

        Your comment brings me back to having to request Windows XP and paying an extra $100 for it when Vista came out. Then it got progressivly worse when XP was no longer offered.

    • odizzido
    • 8 years ago

    The only way I see myself using metro is if I have a convertible netbook, and if I have a netbook I can’t see myself not wanting a proper interface to use when browsing the web.

    my care-O-meter is at zero.

      • superjawes
      • 8 years ago

      I’m curious, especially looking at this screenshot…what’s missing that makes this an “unproper” infterface?

        • Washer
        • 8 years ago

        Hiding tabs. See the icon in the top left? You have to click that to see your currently open sites. This behavior makes sense on a device with limited screen space like a smartphone. It makes less sense as you have more space. Not even the 7″ Kindle Fire’s default browser does this, Apple also doesn’t do this with the Safari UI for the iPad either, and Chrome on Android doesn’t do it either.

        First, it makes selecting tabs an addition step. How often do you switch back and forth between two sites? I do it all the time. How about checking a pages loading status? With tabs visible you can see a nice loading icon. Can’t do that if you hide the tabs. How about sites that update the site name? Reflected in tabs, useful for places like Twitter or Gmail (off the top of my head, I’m sure there’s many more). The minimal vertical space saved is not worth the drawbacks.

        Hard to say much more. Clearly it’s early but the Firefox interface on Android tablets isn’t that great and well… they’ve done a poor job of copying other browsers on the desktop. I don’t have much faith in Mozilla’s UI team.

          • superjawes
          • 8 years ago

          Okay, that gives some substance to the argument. Thank you. But on the subject of switching tabs, I almost always use CTRL + Tab.

          And to play Devil’s Advocate, this is a static shot and not a video. I think the dynamic behavior of the browser will tell a lot more either way.

    • DrCR
    • 8 years ago

    Looks a bit rural to me.

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