Mozilla has lifted the lid on its Firefox Metro browser for Windows 8. The new browser has been created completely from scratch for Microsoft’s upcoming operating system.
And if you’re running a developer-optimised RTM version of Windows 8 on your PC, you can get your hands on an early build of Firefox right now.
The bad news is that it’s still very much a work in progress, so if you are one of the early birds, just don’t expect it to be too polished. There’s no Flash support for one, and it’s sluggish, so nowhere near as slick as the finished version. It needs to be set as the default browser in order to work. And you may run into problems if you have both Desktop and Metro open at the same time.
Apart from that, flawless.
But it does give a good impression of what to expect when the final version launches.
So what’s new? Well, it’s all in keeping with Windows 8′s style, with a tile-based layout. It’ll support Metro’s multi-touch and swipe gestures with compatible displays as well.
In fact, Mozilla has gone all out to match the design flourishes of Windows 8, down to the typography and brightly coloured tiles. The tile aesthetic is integrated into how the browser works as well; just tap a tile to go to your favourite websites, or visit your bookmarks.
Mozilla will be finishing up the Firefox build in the next few weeks, so hit it up with any bugs you find.
Link: Mozilla Blog