Firefox for Windows 8 gets new status update

A month ago, Mozilla programmer Brian Bondy posted a status update on plans to bring a "Metro" version of Firefox to Windows 8. Today, Bondy made yet another post detailing the progress of the project, but there's still no word on a specific launch date for the browser.

The blog post goes over several topics, including how the front end for the Windows 8 port of Firefox is progressing. Bondy writes:

Several keyboard shortcuts were added, the new tab page is now the default home page, and a ton of small glitches on the front end are now fixed. There are 2 modes for tabs in the Metro Firefox front end. You can have tab previews above the URL bar when you swipe down, or you can have classic style tabs that are always showing. The mode-selection persists now when you toggle between the 2 modes.

Bondy also writes about how Firefox in Windows 8 can be set up to be the default web browser for a PC. He states:

The only way for a browser to set itself as default now, is to ask the OS to do it. And the OS asks the user to do it. For this reason, we're switching the startup check to be a nice Windows 8 fly out which asks you to select your default browser. This fly out only has the ability to set the HTTP defaults though.

At the moment, Mozilla has not set a specific launch date for the first public launch of Firefox for Windows 8, but the company has said in the past it should be released sometime before the end of September. Bondy does say that Flash support for Firefox in Windows 8 will be disabled for the public preview version.

Source: Brian Bondy blog | Image via Mozilla

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When will Mozilla fix the constant crashing of FireFox when running under Windows-7, 64-bit? Why not fix that problem before going on to Windows-8? It is a sad commentary that I need to rely on my 32-bit copy of Windows-7 for a crash-free experience.

brent3000 said,
I didn't think MS was going to allow Metro browsers onto the MP?

Only for ARM is MS not allowing browsers to take advantage of the necessary API's to build a browser, my dear.

All I hope to have, is the option to disable it when I don't need it. As with the last Chrome build I tried, it forced me into the Immersive app. Couldn't even use the desktop browser at all unless I set IE as default, which I didn't want to do. It's the only thing that bugs me about 8, how it handles browsers.

Possession said,
All I hope to have, is the option to disable it when I don't need it. As with the last Chrome build I tried, it forced me into the Immersive app. Couldn't even use the desktop browser at all unless I set IE as default, which I didn't want to do. It's the only thing that bugs me about 8, how it handles browsers.

It may be the way browsers handle themselves. If they install both versions (letting you decide at setup) the user can use whatever they want, be it immersive or desktop.

ajua said,

It may be the way browsers handle themselves. If they install both versions (letting you decide at setup) the user can use whatever they want, be it immersive or desktop.

I think it's an option the browser has to implement though, I guess Chrome still has yet to implement this feature. I know IE has the ability to turn off the Immersive version.

Possession said,
All I hope to have, is the option to disable it when I don't need it. As with the last Chrome build I tried, it forced me into the Immersive app. Couldn't even use the desktop browser at all unless I set IE as default, which I didn't want to do. It's the only thing that bugs me about 8, how it handles browsers.

You could use the desktop version if you launched chrome from the taskbar. The metro version only starts of you launch from the start screen and the browser is default.

Possession said,
All I hope to have, is the option to disable it when I don't need it. As with the last Chrome build I tried, it forced me into the Immersive app. Couldn't even use the desktop browser at all unless I set IE as default, which I didn't want to do. It's the only thing that bugs me about 8, how it handles browsers.

Windows 8 sure does have problems with browsers. When Windows 8 only lets you have one Windows-8 style browser, and the others are forced into desktop browsers, then you know there's a problem.

Pluto is a Planet said,

Windows 8 sure does have problems with browsers. When Windows 8 only lets you have one Windows-8 style browser, and the others are forced into desktop browsers, then you know there's a problem.


That's only because the others have not implemented immersive mode properly yet.

Lamp Post said,

That's only because the others have not implemented immersive mode properly yet.

No he's right. You can only have one active Windows 8 style browser at a time even if others are installed. Unlike the desktop where you can always use other browser even if they are not set as default.

Heartripper said,

Firefox icon (3.6 later) is one of the best icon around.

To be honest, even I've been waiting for a new icon. The new logos for IE9/10 and Chrome look pretty nifty compared to the Firefox logo, especially on the startscreen.

Heartripper said,
Example of better icon?

Personally I prefer Safari's icon because it looks realistic and has more details. Not to mention it goes all the way up to 1024 x 1024 pixels.

Anyway, I imagine the final icon for Metro will be looking like the Firefox OS X disk image icon. Only flat of course.
http://i48.tinypic.com/34fbn6p.png

PmRd said,

No. Pretty much every Mac OS X icon has more detail/work put into than the FF icon.

Some might. But if you actually look at the logo, there's detail in everything. Even the snout and paw of the fox has intrinsic detail for example. It's got a full 3D shape, reflections of the world surrounded by the fox, and streaks of fur are distinguishable by the range of colors they're drawn with--even if they're all orange.

Pluto is a Planet said,

Some might. But if you actually look at the logo, there's detail in everything. Even the snout and paw of the fox has intrinsic detail for example. It's got a full 3D shape, reflections of the world surrounded by the fox, and streaks of fur are distinguishable by the range of colors they're drawn with--even if they're all orange.

Yeah those little details really show on a 48x48 icon

Heartripper said,

that's more native considering the OS, but this doesn't mean it's more beautiful.

It's more beautiful because it doesn't look out of place

Possession said,

To be honest, even I've been waiting for a new icon. The new logos for IE9/10 and Chrome look pretty nifty compared to the Firefox logo, especially on the startscreen.


It's current icon seems fine to me.

yea, thats what does a browser. Its fundamental, like the IE icon, that was changed like 900 times and the browser still ****ty

ThePitt said,
yea, thats what does a browser. Its fundamental, like the IE icon, that was changed like 900 times and the browser still ****ty

Actually, speaking as a Web developer, IE10 is very good, and I wouldn't have a problem with people using it.

Meph said,

Actually, speaking as a Web developer, IE10 is very good, and I wouldn't have a problem with people using it.

IE9/10 are the best browsers out there. Fastest and best looking (specially fonts) rendering. It's the only one able to handle jQuery animations without slowing to a crawl. Chrome comes in next. Firefox can go suck it, even with hardware acceleration it is slow as **** and the UI is so ugly and retarded