More features revealed for Firefox on Windows 8

On Wednesday, Mozilla quietly launched the first public version of its Firefox web browser made especially for the desktop and 'Modern UI' versions of Windows 8. Today, one of the programmers of the browser, Brian Bondy, offered up some information on what people can expect from this first public build.

In a post on his personal blog, Bondy says, "Desktop Firefox is responsible for applying the updates for both the Desktop and Metro front ends currently. You may encounter an update error where updates will fail to apply if both of your Desktop and Metro browsers are open at the same time. This will be resolved at some point in a future update."

The blog has a massive bullet list of features that users can expect in this first preview build. They include a new touch-optimized launch screen with tiles, gesture support, support for Windows 8-based Snap and filled states, an in-content PDF viewer and more.

Bondy also confirms that this first version does not support Flash or plug-ins, but they will be enabled in future versions. He adds, "Panning and zooming support is currently disabled. Scrolling with the mouse wheel is broken at the moment as well. You will have to use your keyboard for scrolling, or use touch. Minimum system requirements are the same as Windows 8 except that DirectX 9 is not supported yet."

Source: Brian Bondy's blog | Image via Mozilla

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As long as it works Have you tried using the current fox in Win8? It claims this and that are missing. No, it's not a dirty installation. Stead as she goes Fox! Good luck.

This look really bad IMO. I love firefox design on desktop and wonder just how they could make it look this bad in the metro version?

They mix the metro style with rounded and diagonal lines, which in my opinion makes it look really messy. I really do hope they revisit the GUI and make it more consistent.

I'm not sure why people are saying it's "ugly". Yeah it's not "pretty," but niether is IE10 Metro. It's OK. Metro doesn't allow much in "chrome" decoration and/or design after all.

I don't like the new tab button curves though.

QuadForce said,
I don't care as long as I can see the tabs at all times (wish IE had this option)

Metro is designed to be chromeless.

Dot Matrix said,

Metro is designed to be chromeless.


Even Windows Phone shows you the "app bar" at all times and there is even less physical space as well as pixel count on a phone. I really wish Microsoft had designed Windows 8 to reflect those design choices rather than the mediocre job they did "replicating" what the Windows Phone team had already done once correctly.

mrp04 said,

What's wrong with it? I think it looks good. Chrome's Metro app looks horrible.

You know how some websites look like they were designed in 2002? That's exactly how Metro/Modern UI looks. I mean look at the solid color boxes, at least add a decent looking gradient in there. Also, what's with the text not being next to the favicon? Massive waste of space.

@Leo said,
So ugly, hahaha.

As a matter of fact its pretty nice. If the extentions are still going to be supported I might switch back from chrome to ff

happyout1 said,

grow up kids

Speaking of children. That's who it looks like it was made for!

Edited by warwagon, Oct 5 2012, 1:22am :

warwagon said,

Speaking of children. That's who it looks like it was made for!


No, its made for people who live life. Now get off your lazy ares and don't be such a negative person because Windows 8 includes touch screen, (meaning you will have to exercise your fingers)

Sly_Ripper said,

You know how some websites look like they were designed in 2002? That's exactly how Metro/Modern UI looks. I mean look at the solid color boxes, at least add a decent looking gradient in there. Also, what's with the text not being next to the favicon? Massive waste of space.

Putting the text next to the favicon would reduce the space for the text...

Kyang said,

Putting the text next to the favicon would reduce the space for the text...

Only by like 20 pixels, could just make the box 20px wider.