Mozilla releases preview of Firefox for Windows 8

The Windows 8 version of Firefox sure has come a long way since that early demo we saw in April. Now, Mozilla has the browser up and running with a proper user interface in both Windows 8’s Metro and desktop environments—and it’s looking pretty sharp. See for yourself:

That screenshot is from the latest nightly build of Firefox for Windows 8, which Mozilla is now offering to the public. The installer is available right here, and Mozilla is encouraging folks to grab it and get testing. Among the features already in place are "a new Metro style Firefox Start page, support for Firefox Sync, Metro touch and swipe gestures, integration with Windows 8 ‘charms’, and a simple but powerful Australis interface that is streamlined, modern, and beautiful."

Mozilla says the nightly is part of the "Elm" development branch and will be auto-updated as development continues. Users can purportedly look forward to more features, better performance, and better integration with Windows 8 over time. It’s not clear when the final, production-ready build will be out, though.

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    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    [i<]blog.mozilla.org uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for blog.mozilla.com (Error code: ssl_error_bad_cert_domain)[/i<]

    • burntham77
    • 7 years ago

    This looks very much like the Android version of Firefox, which makes sense.

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 7 years ago

    Oct. 26 coming fast….

    Objects in your front mirror are closer than expected…

    • BIF
    • 7 years ago

    The regular current version of FF works fine under Windows 8. No special “Windows 8 version” needed.

    IE 10, on the other hand, doesn’t allow me to enter comments into any of the Techreport articles, nor does it work when filling out certain web forms.

    So on my Windows 8 rig, I’m slowly changing from IE to FF. Way to go Microsoft!

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      Had similar issues with Firefox a few years back with Lithium-powered forums. Most forum admins just said “Don’t use that FF version” for months.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      what? i use ie 10 all the time, and i’ve never had an issue with TR nor any other web form.

    • moog
    • 7 years ago

    “Doing good is part of our code”

    [url<]http://www.neowin.net/news/microsofts-donated-39-billion-dollars-to-non-profits-to-date[/url<]

      • jeffcutsinger
      • 7 years ago

      1) That’s the cheapest “3.9 billion dollars” worth of donation in history. Convenient when you can set a price that is unrelated to the cost of distribution.

      2) It’s also not entirely without benefit to Microsoft to have a greater number of institutions (many of which would be unable/unwilling to afford these licenses otherwise) running their closed platform.

      3) It’s easy to forget some of the really unethical business stuff Microsoft pulled in the 90s/early-aughts now that we have a new punching bag.

      That is not to say Microsoft is evil. It’s just in a different class from Mozilla, which is non-profit (for the most part, see [url<]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mozilla_corporation[/url<]). While Microsoft may sometimes do good, its first and foremost goal is profit. Mozilla, on the other hand, has doing good as its first and foremost goal; which is why they can say that it's "in their code", but Microsoft can't. Again, this isn't an attack on Microsoft. They make good products, and that in and of itself is doing good. Just pointing out the difference. 🙂

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      Donating closed code isn’t a donation, it’s a Trojan.

    • holophrastic
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t get it. “looking pretty sharp”? It’s so clean that it’s not even there. It looks like something from the ’80s. It’s got four buttons, an address bar, and some thumbnails.

    It’s never been difficult to make something look nice by removing functionality. I don’t see a forward button at all. Maybe it’s hidden to the right of the address bar — a poor design feature. I also don’t see room for more tabs, nor legible titles for each tab. I don’t see a history, favourites, a scrollbar (you know, so I can tell how much page exists to be read without, you know, reading it).

    I don’t see a shortcut to my home page. I don’t see a legible address bar font size, nor an icon that’s big enough to mattec at all. Oh, and I don’t see icons for the other “tabs” which aren’t tabs.

    So very little is there, and it’s all tiny.

    That’s fine, but it’s not “looking pretty sharp”. That’s like saying the new ford bicycle is looking pretty sharp because of the clean lines. It’s not a car.

    This is an interface design that’s no more complicated than NCSA Mosaic with tabs. Congrats. I’ll call you when my grandmother asks where the forward button is. Or when my father asks how to double-click again.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    And the little web page preview windows are ripped directly from Opera, which has been in it for the last three or so years. Opera still seems to be the underdog that is leading the pack. GG

      • no51
      • 7 years ago

      That was my first thought.

    • LauRoman
    • 7 years ago

    Is this a Metro Interface or just Metro Style, like Office, without being actually Metro? Does it still use XUL for this interface? Does it use plugins flash and the like?

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      well, the only way to get metro apps is through the store, so it’s not actually metro. just installed on my win 8 rtm and found it meh. slightly different ui, with giant buttons in the bottom.

    • l33t-g4m3r
    • 7 years ago

    Can’t beat em, join em.

      • Ari Atari
      • 7 years ago

      derp nvm

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    Wasn’t it Mozilla which threw a fit about Windows 8 browsers?

      • codedivine
      • 7 years ago

      They were complaining about Windows RT, not the x86 version. On Windows RT, third-party applications including browsers do not have access to Win32 APIs which Internet Explorer does. The pure Metro APIs lack important functionality that is needed for things like just-in-time compilation, which is required for high performance Javascript engines.

      On x86, Microsoft makes a special exception for third-party web browsers and allows them to access many Win32 APIs even when running under Metro. For example, on x86, Firefox can do JIT compilation of Javascript both under Metro as well as desktop.

      On Windows RT, Firefox will not have access to Win32 APIs which will prevent Mozilla from making a high performance browser.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        Are Win32 APIs available at all on Win RT? Seems like one of those “unfair competition” things that get the EU so riled up if IE10 on WinRT has access to private APIs.

        Then again, browsers on iOS are just wrappers for Safari, so who knows. Maybe they view tablets differently than PCs.

          • Rand
          • 7 years ago

          Win32 API’s are still allowed and used on WinRT for most of Microsoft’s own applications, it’s only third parties applications that are prohibited. They must be pure Metro API’s.

      • moog
      • 7 years ago

      Mozilla is essentially funded by Google.

    • James296
    • 7 years ago

    ugh, not looking forward to Microsoft’s tablet OS….I mean windows 8 >.>

      • notuptome2004
      • 7 years ago

      you do know that windows 8 has a desktop and you can completely ignore metro if you wish and that on the desktop side ther is More pros to windows 8 from speed to end user features to well allot of stuff that really makes windows 8 a good OS agian if you dont like Metro or what ever they call it now then dont use it skip it and stay in the desktop of which works nearly identical to windows 7 but with all the under the hood and end user upgrades

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        I take it you’re using the Win 8 preview. It appears it does not come with support for normal capitalization, punctuation, or sentence structure of any kind. That will be a deal-breaker for many people.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          TELL ME ABOUT IT BRO BEEN DRIVNING ME SO CRAZY.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            So you got the ALL CAPS APP to take care of these issues?

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            NO I JUST LIKE IT

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          LOL…but Win 8 DOES come with spellcheck in IE10. But it’s a “virtual spellcheck” because you can’t post any comments; the submit button just clears whatever you wrote and it never actually posts your comments.

          Yay for Virtual Spellcheck!

        • JohnC
        • 7 years ago

        “He just kept talking in one long incredibly unbroken sentence…”

          • moose17145
          • 7 years ago

          “… Moving from topic to topic so that no one had a chance to interrupt… “

        • James296
        • 7 years ago

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