Modern UI Firefox browser for Windows 8 to leave beta on December 10th

It's been a long wait for Windows 8 users of Mozilla's Firefox browser, but there is now light at the end of the tunnel for those people who have been waiting for the "Modern" UI version to be released as a non-beta build. This week, Mozilla's development calendar page was updated to state that the Modern version of Firefox will be included with the launch of Firefox 26 on December 10th.

The calendar also mentions that earlier builds of the Modern UI version will be made available on Mozilla's Aurora channel on September 16, which Mozilla will publicize as the "Metro Preview Release", a reference to Microsoft's now discontinued term for the UI of Windows 8. The build will enter the Firefox  Beta release channel on October 28th.

Mozilla first announced their plans to make a version of Firefox specifically for the Modern UI on Windows 8 back in February 2012. At the time, the company planned to release public alpha and beta versions of the browser by the end of 2012. A version of the Modern UI build was offered via a non-standard nightly channel in October 2012, and was later released via the standard nightly channel in February 2013.

This version of Firefox will be released just for Windows 8 as Mozilla has decided not to release Firefox for Windows RT. This was due to an earlier decision by Microsoft not to allow any third party browsers to run on the OS in the classic desktop mode. While Mozilla publicly criticized Microsoft on this move, it did not stop work on the Windows 8 version.

Source: Mozilla via PCWorld | Image via Mozilla

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Hmm... I guess Metro Firefox isn't as nice-looking as Metro IE but it's not as ugly as Chrome. Hell, Chrome isn't even "Metro"!

I agree. Mozilla made large improvements on performance in smartphone/tablet versions, but UI is ugly and absolutely non-usable. Worst tabbed system among all browsers.

GreyWolf said,
It's still ugly, though.

In my opinionsn its looks good. We will see how it would perform. I am personally a firefox fan, they got slow browser recently however, i think metro browser is astep up because its potentially faster. So I am waiting too see how this baby flies

Will I still be able to have adblock or is that a no-go?

Reason I ask is that although I love using IE with a touch screen, gestures or inaccurate clicks from the touch screen can easily lead to misclicking ads.

dead.cell said,
Will I still be able to have adblock or is that a no-go?

Reason I ask is that although I love using IE with a touch screen, gestures or inaccurate clicks from the touch screen can easily lead to misclicking ads.

Edit your hosts file, no ads in IE, Firefox AND your apps.

For IE, you can setup Tracking Protection Lists in the desktop browser and the settings persist in the Modern browser.

This will thankfully add competition to the modern IE. On a side note, Chrome needs to step up their game, the last time I saw modern chrome, it was a sloppy transfer from the desktop app.

What I want to see is a metro browser app that's separate from the desktop app, one I can download and install from the store and run on my RT device.

Good luck getting a real version of Chrome. Google apparently doesn't feel Windows 8 (and Windows Phone 8) devices worthy of support.

TCLN Ryster said,
What I want to see is a metro browser app that's separate from the desktop app, one I can download and install from the store and run on my RT device.

Hardly possible with the limitations imposed on developers. It'd require a gigantic rewrite and there isn't really any reason for developers to spend any time on it.

Sekyal said,
Good luck getting a real version of Chrome. Google apparently doesn't feel Windows 8 (and Windows Phone 8) devices worthy of support.

Oh I don't care about Chrome. I always use IE.

TCLN Ryster said,
What I want to see is a metro browser app that's separate from the desktop app, one I can download and install from the store and run on my RT device.

You can't. RT apps are restricted in what they can do. A special class of metro app had to be created for Windows 8 to allow these browsers to exist after there was some controversy about disallowing third party browsers.

http://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2...rs-need-browser-choice-too/

The best you can do is create a browser frontend that just uses IE underneath. Much like "Chrome" and Safari on iOS.

mastercoms said,
This will thankfully add competition to the modern IE. On a side note, Chrome needs to step up their game, the last time I saw modern chrome, it was a sloppy transfer from the desktop app.

Chrome had a good run for bit. Now they decided to ignore windows users. So be it. I have used firefox and will use firefox as my primary browser. Let google's ad browser die.

nub said,

You can't. RT apps are restricted in what they can do. A special class of metro app had to be created for Windows 8 to allow these browsers to exist after there was some controversy about disallowing third party browsers.

http://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2...rs-need-browser-choice-too/

The best you can do is create a browser frontend that just uses IE underneath. Much like "Chrome" and Safari on iOS.


That was cause Google, Mozilla and Opera started crying of the impossibilities of coding something like that for Windows. So this browser 'exploit' was made for Windows 8 (not RT).

As WinRT support native coding, what is the big deal? VLC can port their app entirely, sounds like Mozzila/Google just wanted to cry for the sake of crying.

Also Firefox OS has no browser choice, its absolutely f*cking hypocrite of Mozilla to come with a blog post like that since Windows RT holds very little marketshare.
Microsoft is the only one that contiously has to support competitor products? Only if its a giant Monopoly, not when they hold barely any marketshare. Otherwise Mozilla should allow IE on their Firefox OS or just simply shut up.

Shadowzz said,
As WinRT support native coding, what is the big deal? VLC can port their app entirely, sounds like Mozzila/Google just wanted to cry for the sake of crying.
You are misinterpreting. It's not about writing native code, it's about compiling native code on demand. That is, converting JavaScript to its own executable and running it right there. All modern web browsers do this, and simply interpreting JavaScript without this gives really crappy performance.

More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just-in-time_compilation