Windows 8 Metro Firefox mockups revealed

Mozilla has been working on the Windows 8 Metro version of its Firefox web browser for a few months now. This week, Mozilla's Madhava Enros posted up an online slide presentation from a recent company conference which shows, among other things, some mockups of what the Metro version of Firefox might look like. One of them is a Start page that displays favorite sites along with some bookmarks in the Metro UI to the right of those web sites.

Another side showed what a typical web page might look like running under Firefox for Windows 8 Metro.

Finally, the presentation showed how tabs might be displayed for the Metro version of Firefox; all three slides showed the web browser running on what we assume is a mockup of a fictional Windows 8 tablet.

The same presentation also showed some designs for upcoming versions of Firefox running on Android tablets and smartphones, along with a special "reading" mode for smartphones that would help users read texts more clearly on small screens. There's also some slides that feature a future version of Firefox called Australis. It features more curved shapes and tabs along with a simplified menu selection.

In related news, Mozilla programmer Brian Bondy has posted up his own slide presentation on his blog, going over some technical details and challenges concerning the Windows 8 Metro version of Firefox.

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Interesting to see the Opera-like tabs on the top, never thought they were right for keyboard & mouse desktops, but makes total sense for tablet UI.

gonchuki said,
Interesting to see the Opera-like tabs on the top, never thought they were right for keyboard & mouse desktops, but makes total sense for tablet UI.

You must be jokin', it's the other way 'round, for a tablet, to switch a tab which is positioned at the top of the screen, you must hover your whole hand over the screen, which will block most of the content and other stuff, you will see when you will actually test such thing, that's why IE 9 have the tabs positioned at the bottom.

Looks nice! The only thing I don't like (I think) is that curvy corner where the new tab button is in. It's a small thing, and I can get used to it, but I'm on a right-angles mode at the moment.

(Can't wait to see what Chrome will look like. I'm guessing something like Chrome on Android.)

FMH said,
Hmm.. there's no forward button in this.

It is, but only after you use the back button. It's been like that on desktop since Firefox 11.

gonchuki said,

It is, but only after you use the back button. It's been like that on desktop since Firefox 11.

Cool idea.

Horrible. Just horrible and I hope MS won't accept that app.
The reason is simple: it does not respect windows 8 design standards.
In Windows 8 immersive all apps are chromeless, this means that bars and options are hidden.
One of the reason I DON'T use other browsers than IE9 on Windows 7, is that they are designed unrespectfully of tabs preview in the status bar. And, for me, that's sufficient to blow them away (and they're not hw accelerated).

DaveGreen said,
Horrible. Just horrible and I hope MS won't accept that app.
The reason is simple: it does not respect windows 8 design standards.
In Windows 8 immersive all apps are chromeless, this means that bars and options are hidden.
One of the reason I DON'T use other browsers than IE9 on Windows 7, is that they are designed unrespectfully of tabs preview in the status bar. And, for me, that's sufficient to blow them away (and they're not hw accelerated).

I don' know what you're talkin about?! Chrome and Firefox ARE hardware accelerated (don't know for Opera). And Firefox WILL show a preview of all opened tabs in the taskbar.

DaveGreen said,
Horrible. Just horrible and I hope MS won't accept that app.
The reason is simple: it does not respect windows 8 design standards.
In Windows 8 immersive all apps are chromeless, this means that bars and options are hidden.
One of the reason I DON'T use other browsers than IE9 on Windows 7, is that they are designed unrespectfully of tabs preview in the status bar. And, for me, that's sufficient to blow them away (and they're not hw accelerated).

I had a similar reaction to you, but it's been growing on me in these last couple of weeks since I first saw it. The only thing they should do is put circles around the buttons in the app bar.

It looks good, if it is as smooth as its good looks I might give it a chance once I have a tablet. Otherwise I will just stick to IE.

Well as always, GREAT for a tablet... I don't see the purpose for a desktop PC

Oh... looks WAY better that that butt-ugly IE10 Metro version

More pandering to mobile users, at the alienation of laptop and desktop users.
As has been stated elsewhere, focus on reducing bloat and instability, instead of superficial flash.

All I can say is, it looks better than IE Metro, will be using it as my default browser if I have any reason at all to use the Start Screen.

If you thought the average computer user was stupid before, it's only going to get worse. Which I guess is a good thing for people in our line of work.

warwagon said,
If you thought the average computer user was stupid before, it's only going to get worse. Which I guess is a good thing for people in our line of work.

That's really the point.
The market of smart people is already saturated. I myself have 7 personal devices for no particular reason.

deadonthefloor said,

That's really the point.
The market of smart people is already saturated. I myself have 7 personal devices for no particular reason.

Maybe you need a brain check.

the position of the buttons its just horrible why put the stop and refresh on the right.... when its always on the left

eilegz said,
the position of the buttons its just horrible why put the stop and refresh on the right.... when its always on the left

realz? it's on the right side of the bar on firefox and ie9

eilegz said,
the position of the buttons its just horrible why put the stop and refresh on the right.... when its always on the left

I guess they're assuming most people will hold the tablet with their left hand leaving free the right hand. Microsoft has done the same thing with the charm bar being on the right side and most of the highly used functions also being right-sided oriented.

Matthew_Thepc said,

I think you can change it in IE9

you can change it in firefox too, but considering the radical UI changes (like the elimination of status bar) im doubtful for the new versions

eilegz said,
the position of the buttons its just horrible why put the stop and refresh on the right.... when its always on the left

Because in win 7 explorer stop/refresh are on the right side of the nav bar

Tom said,
I actually really like that...

all depends on how smooth it is.. I am still debating to myself if I like the whole picture tab thing thats been going on lately with windows 8/ blackberry playbook and whatnot..