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Firefox for Windows 8 preview due by end of September

Earlier this year, Mozilla announced its plans to release a version of its Firefox web browser that would be made specifically for the Metro (now "Modern") UI in Windows 8. This week, one of the programmers on the project, Brian Bondy, has offered up a new development update on Firefox for Windows 8.

In a new post on his blog, Bondy states, "Work on the Metro style enabled desktop browser has progressed steadily and things are looking really good." Bondy says that Mozilla now plans to release a preview version of Firefox for Windows 8 sometime in the third quarter, which means that the company is targeting a launch before the end of September. Bondy adds that he believes Mozilla has plans for a beta release sometime in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Bondy also lists a number of the features that the Windows 8 Firefox team have implemented into their development build, including crash reporting, a built in PDF viewer, windowless Flash support and more. While add-on support won't be a part of the first version of the Windows 8 port, Bondy says that add-on support will be put into the browser in the future.

Bondy also says, "We'll have some kind of sync functionality to sync data between your Metro interface and your desktop interface. We're hoping for a local, no setup sync functionality, but at worst it will be done through the current sync functionality."

Source: Brian Bondy's blog

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