Firefox for Windows 8 expected to exit beta in November

In February, Mozilla launched the first version of its Firefox web browser made for the Modern UI of Windows 8 for its standard public Nightly testers. However, it's looking like it will be some time before the first non-beta version of Firefox for Windows 8 will be ready for the general public.

In a post on the Mozilla Wiki development site, the current timeline of the browser's development shows that, if everything goes as planned, Firefox for Windows 8 will have its non-beta launch on November 19th. The best case scenario could see that timetable moved up to October 2nd. However, the worst case scenario shows that if things don't go as planned, the launch date could be pushed back to as far back as March 20th, 2014.

Mozilla first announced its plans to make a Modern version of Firefox over a year ago, but it would seem that development of the browser is taking somewhat longer than expected. Mozilla hinted at some of the difficulties in making Firefox work with Windows 8 when it first announced the project, saying it is " ... an entirely new environment and requires a new Firefox front end and system integration points."

Source: Mozilla via PCWorld.com | Image via Mozilla

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Why not fix the constant crashing problem under Windows-7 64-bit before moving on to Windows-8? I guess the crashing problem will also migrate to Windows-8 64-bit also.

The title is misleading because i can run firefox in windows 8 i don't understand why somebody will want to run firefox in windows 8's modern UI where they can run in desktop. The sole exception is Windows RT but Windows 8 RT is not Windows 8.

Brony said,
The title is misleading because i can run firefox in windows 8 i don't understand why somebody will want to run firefox in windows 8's modern UI where they can run in desktop.

...Because some people would like an alternative browser that works well with touch input? Not everyones uses 8 on desktop PC's/old laptops with no touch support.

Firefox Metro UI would be a great alternative browser for people with Surface Pro or any similar touch tablet with a full processor.

I would love a FireFox with extensions to use in a touch environment. One frequent use case for my ThinkPad Twist is portrait mode, switching between ComicsJolt and Firefox on the desktop. FF is functional in touch, but not superb the way IE10 is.

I don't know why mozilla is even wasting time with this, their efforts would be better spent on getting an official 64 bit version out the door.

mnl1121 said,
A 64-bit version of a browser really won't improve anything over 32-bit.

The point is why waste time and effort on a failed operating system when resources can be better used on other things like hiring janitors to clean the mozilla offices or working on releasing a 64 bit version.

Order_66 said,

The point is why waste time and effort on a failed operating system when resources can be better used on other things like hiring janitors to clean the mozilla offices or working on releasing a 64 bit version.


a 64-bit browser isn't faster than 32-bit at all. Also, unbelievable how you can call it a failed OS when it's only 6 months old.