Mozilla shows off 'Firefox Metro' browser start page on video

 

Over the past couple of weeks we have seen little bits and pieces about Mozilla’s upcoming Metro browser for Windows 8. Despite all the controversy, the browser appears to be moving forward and today we can see it in action.

In a new video posted last week, we can see the new browser in action, or at least the start page. Mozilla has a long way to go but the video shows how the company is bringing many of Windows 8's built-in features to the browser. The video does a great job of illustrating Mozilla's vision for the new platform.

Windows 8 is just around the corner with the Release Preview expected to land in a few weeks. We have already seen a small glimpse of a post-Consumer Preview build here which will bring a few small tweaks and enhancements to the platform.

As Windows 8 gets closer to launch, expect Mozilla to keep pushing out small tidbits about its next browser to make it well known that there are alternative browsers available to the consumer when Windows 8 hits store shelves.

Note: The above is a mock-up intended to be a representation of the final product. 

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If I want to use Windows 8, do I have to buy a touch screen monitor? Have they forgotten PC users have a mouse and keyboard in this existence. Has Microsoft forgotten the PC. Is Windows 8 great for Phones and Tablets but PC, Not so good. Is Mozilla confirming my opinion. I hope not, and I am just misunderstanding it?

Glassed Silver said,
Beautiful design, but I wimp thinking about this running on any desktop ever.
Jesus Christ...

GS:mac


You're ignoring the obvious. Use the tool that is appropriate for your task. You have the choice between two versions - the desktop version and the metro version. Use the one that is appropriate. Use the desktop version on a desktop/laptop, and the metro version on tablets. It's not a difficult concept.

Choice is good.

rfirth said,

You're ignoring the obvious. Use the tool that is appropriate for your task. You have the choice between two versions - the desktop version and the metro version. Use the one that is appropriate. Use the desktop version on a desktop/laptop, and the metro version on tablets. It's not a difficult concept.

Choice is good.


Just like how it's good to have a start menu... Oh wait...
Admit it, desktop is ridiculed on W8 and made to look like a compatibility mode.

GS:mac

What is wrong with the author of this post ?! Did he / she even read the link ?? This is not Firefox "in action" !! These are just mockup slides prototyped as a video. Man it clearly shows you didn't even read the source

bogas04 said,
What is wrong with the author of this post ?! Did he / she even read the link ?? This is not Firefox "in action" !! These are just mockup slides prototyped as a video. Man it clearly shows you didn't even read the source

I apologize for being so aggressive

If tabs are an issue for people I don't think there's anything stopping a browser maker from actually showing them to you at the top of the screen, it just seems like Mozilla, at least in this first concept, isn't thinking about doing that. They'd much rather keep the address bar visible instead. I think it'd be better if they switched it around, made tabs (smaller ones like on the desktop ofc) visible and made the address bar something that slides down when you need it.

MS could do the same with IE10 if they wanted to, see how far user feedback goes with all of the browsers though.


I quite like IE10 but out of the big names when they make Metro browsers, I think I'll go with Chrome. It's very fast as a desktop program; let's see how they do when it becomes Metro.

I can agree with a lot of the points here, I do switch tabs quite often and it'll get annoying having to right-click to open the list again and again, and when you eventually get a lot of tabs...

Also I have my bookmark bar (On Chrome) visible at all times with all my favourite links in there. This concept can't even exist in IE10 without cluttering the start page and will be a hassle in Firefox Metro. Guess I'm sticking to the Desktop.
I like Windows 8, but this is making productivity and multitasking harder.

Possession said,
I can agree with a lot of the points here, I do switch tabs quite often and it'll get annoying having to right-click to open the list again and again, and when you eventually get a lot of tabs...

Also I have my bookmark bar (On Chrome) visible at all times with all my favourite links in there. This concept can't even exist in IE10 without cluttering the start page and will be a hassle in Firefox Metro. Guess I'm sticking to the Desktop.
I like Windows 8, but this is making productivity and multitasking harder.

If "productivity and multitasking" is the thing you want most then that's why the "desktop" is still there, even on a tablet for example. Had that not been the case I could see the problem, but it's not. metro browsers are, for the most part, for light browsing and when you're mostly using touch. I think people shouldn't look at them as a replacement for the desktop in this version. Who's to say where things go in Win9 though?

I've never liked Mozilla, but I have to say, this already looks more appealing than IE10 in Consumer Preview which I don't like. This looks much more efficient to use and navigate. The current desktop Firefox is pretty impressive too, but current destkop IE is still king. I'll definitely give Mozilla a try on Windows 8 Tablets.

MorganX said,
I've never liked Mozilla, but I have to say, this already looks more appealing than IE10 in Consumer Preview which I don't like. This looks much more efficient to use and navigate. The current desktop Firefox is pretty impressive too, but current destkop IE is still king. I'll definitely give Mozilla a try on Windows 8 Tablets.

I dunno, from the looks of the video other than always showing the address bar, back button and the new tab button the way it shows tabs, and even the start page listing and bookmarks listing is more or less just the same as IE10 does it. Whenever you start typing a sites name in IE10s address bar instead of a URL the bookmarks list comes up, the same as in this FF video.

This perfectly highlights the biggest problem with Metro in my opinion: you can't properly multitask. To properly multitask you should be able to see what is open at all times. You should be able to see your tab list at all times. This requires so many clicks when switching between tabs, and it'd only get worse on laptops with touchpads. Move to the top right corner, left again for your tab list, ...

It looks 'nice', but that's about as far as I'll go. It'll be great for tablets, but I really still hope Microsoft sees the light and doesn't stick with the "everything is huge"-approach for desktop and notebook users.

Ambroos said,
This perfectly highlights the biggest problem with Metro in my opinion: you can't properly multitask. To properly multitask you should be able to see what is open at all times. You should be able to see your tab list at all times. This requires so many clicks when switching between tabs, and it'd only get worse on laptops with touchpads. Move to the top right corner, left again for your tab list, ...

It looks 'nice', but that's about as far as I'll go. It'll be great for tablets, but I really still hope Microsoft sees the light and doesn't stick with the "everything is huge"-approach for desktop and notebook users.

Unfortunately this has been the trend for a while. OSX, Ubuntu's Unity and Gnome3, and Metro are all going in that direction. Personally I agree with you, and productivity is a big deal for me -- I use LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition -- which uses XFCE), and couldn't be happier.

Ambroos said,
This perfectly highlights the biggest problem with Metro in my opinion: you can't properly multitask. To properly multitask you should be able to see what is open at all times. You should be able to see your tab list at all times. This requires so many clicks when switching between tabs, and it'd only get worse on laptops with touchpads. Move to the top right corner, left again for your tab list, ...

It looks 'nice', but that's about as far as I'll go. It'll be great for tablets, but I really still hope Microsoft sees the light and doesn't stick with the "everything is huge"-approach for desktop and notebook users.

Swipe in from the left and you get your list of open metro apps, or flick from the left to scroll through all the open metro apps

mdtaUK said,

Swipe in from the left and you get your list of open metro apps, or flick from the left to scroll through all the open metro apps


Good luck doing that on a desktop. I've tried it on my laptop with the Consumer Preview and it was a mess.

Ambroos said,

Good luck doing that on a desktop. I've tried it on my laptop with the Consumer Preview and it was a mess.

I don't think the goal of any tablets on the market is to multitask in the way you describe (being able to see what's open at all times). Am I missing an example with iOS or Android where that's the case?

Ambroos said,

Good luck doing that on a desktop. I've tried it on my laptop with the Consumer Preview and it was a mess.
Maybe thats the problem. I not tried it but Im using it everyday and believe me, its not a mess. Its just a habbit.

Ambroos said,
This perfectly highlights the biggest problem with Metro in my opinion: you can't properly multitask. To properly multitask you should be able to see what is open at all times. You should be able to see your tab list at all times. This requires so many clicks when switching between tabs, and it'd only get worse on laptops with touchpads. Move to the top right corner, left again for your tab list, ...

It looks 'nice', but that's about as far as I'll go. It'll be great for tablets, but I really still hope Microsoft sees the light and doesn't stick with the "everything is huge"-approach for desktop and notebook users.

This one of the many reasons I'll never go Windows 8

Ambroos said,

Good luck doing that on a desktop. I've tried it on my laptop with the Consumer Preview and it was a mess.

How is the task switcher not working on a desktop? Hitting the top left corner with a mouse is pretty quick and easy or going all the way left then using the mouse wheel to go through the apps that way also works. And if you don't want to use the mouse at all, cuz it sounds like you're a "power user" then all the well known keyboard shortcuts still work. Alt+tab works perfectly, and Winkey+tab for the new metro task switcher works great as well.

Ambroos said,
Move to the top right corner, left again for your tab list, ...

What do you mean by that? With a mouse or trackpad, all you need to do is right-click on the web page to bring up the tabs and address bar. You don't have to move the mouse at all.

Brandon Live said,

What do you mean by that? With a mouse or trackpad, all you need to do is right-click on the web page to bring up the tabs and address bar. You don't have to move the mouse at all.


Well the issue is more just the fact that I have to bring it up. I like to see what is open. I like to keep my Gmail tab open to see when I get new mails. I like to see in my Facebook tab when there are new notifications. I like to see on Tweakers.net (Dutch forum) when there are new messages in a thread. I like to see in a glance if I've got new tweets. Without always having to click something or move somewhere.

Ambroos said,

Well the issue is more just the fact that I have to bring it up. I like to see what is open. I like to keep my Gmail tab open to see when I get new mails. I like to see in my Facebook tab when there are new notifications. I like to see on Tweakers.net (Dutch forum) when there are new messages in a thread. I like to see in a glance if I've got new tweets. Without always having to click something or move somewhere.

So use the desktop version of Firefox...

Stokkolm said,

So use the desktop version of Firefox...

Yeah duh, but Microsoft does intend to move everyone away from the desktop environment over time, and that is exactly what I don't like.

Ambroos said,
This perfectly highlights the biggest problem with Metro in my opinion: you can't properly multitask. To properly multitask you should be able to see what is open at all times. You should be able to see your tab list at all times. This requires so many clicks when switching between tabs, and it'd only get worse on laptops with touchpads. Move to the top right corner, left again for your tab list, ...

It looks 'nice', but that's about as far as I'll go. It'll be great for tablets, but I really still hope Microsoft sees the light and doesn't stick with the "everything is huge"-approach for desktop and notebook users.

That's just it, Metro was never intended for real multitasking or intensive work environments. It's meant for simple straightforward and easy with the basics.

If you need or want more then that, then you're not really Microsoft's intended customer.

Someone who usually only uses 2-3 tabs at most, and may have a dozen bookmarks at most. That is the person that Metro browsers are meant for.

I have hundreds of bookmarks all neatly categorized in several folders, sometimes a few levels deep.
Clearly Metro isn't meant for me, no real bookmark categorization. All of them spewn out randomly in a list and all always displayed on the Start Screen.

That's horrific for me, and completely unusable. But it wasn't ever meant for me, it was meant for someone that visits less pages in a year then I might in a week and only has a few bookmarked. Someone that doesn't ever need many tabs and runs a few basic apps.

Regardless of whether Microsoft might wish everyone to use Metro alone all the time, (and admittedly that's ideal if only because they get a piece of every Metro software sale and can ensure every user will need a separate purchase) it will not happen, their aware that many users will always need more power and flexibility, and there will always be applications that aren't able to be adequately done within the relatively narrow constraints allowed for developers.

The desktop will exist in a (mostly) fully functional form for a LONG time to come.

Ambroos said,
This perfectly highlights the biggest problem with Metro in my opinion: you can't properly multitask. To properly multitask you should be able to see what is open at all times. You should be able to see your tab list at all times. This requires so many clicks when switching between tabs, and it'd only get worse on laptops with touchpads. Move to the top right corner, left again for your tab list, ...

It looks 'nice', but that's about as far as I'll go. It'll be great for tablets, but I really still hope Microsoft sees the light and doesn't stick with the "everything is huge"-approach for desktop and notebook users.

you guys do realize that switcher is really just for Metro apps, right?
if you're on a laptop or desktop, you still have the Taskbar on the bottom of the screen displaying your running applications. this should only be a problem for laptop/desktop users if they are also using Metro apps.

Ambroos said,

Good luck doing that on a desktop. I've tried it on my laptop with the Consumer Preview and it was a mess.

well on a laptop/desktop, you're supposed to throw the cursor into the upper-left corner and then move the cursor down along the left edge to bring up the Metro MRU. you can keep pushing left if that helps but it works. annoyingly so.

Hopefully Mozilla will get something out in a timely fashion, before other companies swoop in and incorporate all their new features before Mozilla get a chance to.