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Firefox Demos Prototype Metro Interface 197

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the still-not-completely-sold dept.
In order to provide an alternative to IE on Windows 8, Firefox needs a Metro UI. Luckily, development of a Metro interface for Firefox is well underway. The current build reuses the Android interface XUL (by virtue of being based on Fennec). The latest test release features lots of platform integration support: "We have Metro snap working, you can snap another Metro app to the right or left of Firefox and continue browsing. We also have HTML file input controls tied up to the Metro file picker. ... implemented the Windows 8 search contract, you can use the Search Charm from any screen on Windows 8. If you enter a URL, it will be loaded. If you enter anything else, it will be searched in your default search engine. We also implemented the Windows 8 share contract, you can use the Share Charm from any Firefox page to share that page to another application. Once you select the Share Charm it will list the applications you can share to, for example: Mail, Twitter, or Facebook." If you're interested in following development, the team has made a Mercurial repository available.
Further background is provided by the first and second posts in the series.
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Firefox Demos Prototype Metro Interface

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 02, 2012 @06:48PM (#39554591)

    Will Metro Firefox share information with desktop Firefox? Currently, Windows 8 has a Metro IE and a desktop IE that don't share cookies or bookmarks. It's pretty hilariously bad.

  • by Bucky24 (1943328) on Monday April 02, 2012 @08:19PM (#39555287)
    Anyone else notice that in one of the screenshots of the new interface the browser is showing slashdot?

    (You'll have to read TFA to see it though)
  • by cvtan (752695) on Monday April 02, 2012 @09:17PM (#39555697)
    I'm almost certain I don't want to use anything that has a "Share Charm".
    • by gbjbaanb (229885)

      Charms in Win8: (from an ArsTechnical article [arstechnica.com])

      The charms bar is an always-accessible set of five icons that appear down the right hand edge of the screen. From top to bottom, these icons are Search, Share, Start, Devices, and Settings. Start is the easiest to handle as it simply takes you to the Start screen. Search is used to initiate searches, both of built-in things (files, programs, settings) and applications that register themselves as being searchable. Share allows the content of the current applicati

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  • by Tom (822)

    In order to provide an alternative to IE on Windows 8, Firefox needs a Metro UI.

    Says who? Based on what evidence?

    I'm getting more and more unhappy with the FF development process. These guys need to get off the "innovation for innovation's sake" boat and check in with their userbase again. How about you put your time into solving that stuttering youtube-videos issue that's been plaguing the browser since around 2009?

    But, of course, a new UI is more "visible". The FF dev team has encountered the bikeshed problem and is completely unprepared to handle it. They're doing stuff like an HTML

    • by jez9999 (618189)

      I'm getting more and more unhappy with the FF development process.

      Give it up, the UX team took things over a long time ago, with their insistent copying of the Chrome interface. Criticize them and they tell you to piss off. Now all that matters is looking new and shiny, to people who don't really care about using a browser on a day-to-day basis.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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