Firefox's Aurora testing channel now has Windows 8 Modern UI build

The development of Firefox that's being made specifically for the Modern user interface of Windows 8 reached a new level of testing today. Mozilla has now confirmed the Firefox Modern UI port is available for download from its Aurora channel, opening up the build to a new round of evaluations.

In a post on Mozilla's blog, the company stated:

Because this new version of Firefox uses the same powerful Gecko rendering engine as in Firefox desktop, there’s also support for WebGL for compelling 3D graphics and asm.js which supercharges JavaScript in the browser, allowing developers to port high performance C++ games to the Web. Hardware accelerated full HTML5 video is also supported, including open video formats like WebM and proprietary formats such as H.264.

The port also supports the touch and swipe gestures found in other Windows 8 apps, along with snapped view, Firefox Sync and Windows Share integration.

Mozilla first announced their plans to make a Modern UI port of Firefox on Windows 8 back in February 2012. A version was offered via a non-standard nightly channel in October 2012, and was later released via the standard nightly channel in February 2013.

The blog post today stated that Mozilla will now use the rest of their development time to improve the performance of the Windows 8 Modern version. Currently, the team believes they will release the final version to all Windows 8 users in late January.

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I hope Australis doesn't become THE standard. I don't see the need to make visual elements twice as big as they already are for desktop/laptop users.

Since Firefox will remain very moddable (and even forkable if that's not enough), and Australis has been somewhat controversial, I have no doubt there'll be some unofficial Firefox 4 mod for it post-Australis.

BugX said,
Can't install on Surface RT.

Yes, because these Immersive browsers are pseudo-Immersive browsers. They are x86 desktop apps that are sort of emulated in the immersive host.
The Immersive API is not fully developed as Win32 is.

If only Chrome can sync cookies then I'm all for Chrome.... At the moment Firefox is still the best for multi-devices sync... it can sync cookies across all devices.... which make it easy to use for me.

+SharpGreen said,
Apparently not, since this exists.

Did you even try the Autralis on win8?
It's laggy like an Android cupcake.

cetla said,

Did you even try the Autralis on win8?
It's laggy like an Android cupcake.

Are you sure you tried Austrialis? It's in the UX branch, and they won't be merging it with the main source code until they fix the performance issues.

Dot Matrix said,
I've given up on Firefox. Too much excess baggage is slowing them down.
It's working faster than IE here...

68k said,
It's working faster than IE here...

Not for me. It crashes daily, and after 24 versions, STILL eats RAM like no other. Plus, as a user of a modern OS, I feel betrayed that Mozilla continually ships a browser built to run on XP/Vista. Like IE, it's time to drop support for that, and strip all that legacy baggage out of the codebase.
Maybe, just maybe that'll fix it's stability issues.

Dot Matrix said,

Not for me. It crashes daily, and after 24 versions, STILL eats RAM like no other. Plus, as a user of a modern OS, I feel betrayed that Mozilla continually ships a browser built to run on XP/Vista. Like IE, it's time to drop support for that, and strip all that legacy baggage out of the codebase.
Maybe, just maybe that'll fix it's stability issues.

I haven't experienced a crash in Firefox for years, and that's with up to 40 tabs open across multiple windows (sometimes it gets like that). Try a click-to-enable-Flash extension - most crashes/slow page load times/high RAM usage occurs because of Flash. Firefox uses 100-300MB of RAM on average - I have 4GB installed, so that doesn't really concern me. There's still many XP/Vista users out there - I feel sorry for people who still have to put up with IE 8 on these platforms - at least Chrome advertising has been successful.

Dot Matrix said,

Not for me. It crashes daily, and after 24 versions, STILL eats RAM like no other. Plus, as a user of a modern OS, I feel betrayed that Mozilla continually ships a browser built to run on XP/Vista. Like IE, it's time to drop support for that, and strip all that legacy baggage out of the codebase.
Maybe, just maybe that'll fix it's stability issues.


Sounds like you need to reset Firefox
https://support.mozilla.org/en...ox-easily-fix-most-problems

68k said,
I haven't experienced a crash in Firefox for years, and that's with up to 40 tabs open across multiple windows (sometimes it gets like that).

Same.. I know it's not quite as fast as Chrome (getting there), but it beats the pants off of it when it comes to resource usage and stability. I can easily get Chrome to use over a gigabyte of memory with just a couple of tabs open while Firefox uses maybe a quarter of that, never mind Chrome tends to crash occasionally, where the last one I've had in Firefox was around version 4, not including the Flash plugin of course because, well, it's Flash.

Dot Matrix said,

I feel betrayed that Mozilla continually ships a browser built to run on XP/Vista. Like IE, it's time to drop support for that, and strip all that legacy baggage out of the codebase.

You would! I feel the COMPLETE opposite. I'm glad Firefox continues to support those OSes. Why end support for Vista already?

warwagon said,

You would! I feel the COMPLETE opposite. I'm glad Firefox continues to support those OSes. Why end support for Vista already?

Both operating systems are no longer in mainstream support by Microsoft.

Just look at what happened to IE once Microsoft cut off support for both, and designed the browser solely around Windows 7/8. IE went from being complete garbage to one hell of a slim and stable browser that just works. There's no legacy junk bogging it down anymore.

Dot Matrix said,
Both operating systems are no longer in mainstream support by Microsoft.

I could see it possibly happening for XP support after next year (same with driver vendors, etc etc), but for now it's still getting updates, few more months before they pull the plug.

warwagon said,

Who cares, people still use them.

You should care, since a lot of that old code presents a risk, and drives down new feature sets.

Dot Matrix said,

You should care, since a lot of that old code presents a risk, and drives down new feature sets.

I can see XP getting the boot in April, but I still have a lot of customers on vista, that have no reason to upgrade to newer versions of windows. I just gave someone Firefox 24 yesterday who is still on XP. Because firefox supports XP I was able to give them a better secure browser. Yes I repaired an XP machine.

They still have till April to buy a new computer. I wasn't going to tell them "Because you have XP i'm not fixing your computer"

Edited by warwagon, Sep 22 2013, 3:11pm :

warwagon said,

They still have till April to buy a new computer. I wasn't going to tell them "Because you have XP i'm not fixing your computer"

You should charge him three times the price for the same service on a modern machine.