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Mozilla Planning Firefox Metro For Windows 8 On December 10 179

Posted by Soulskill
from the versions-2-3-and-4-scheduled-for-december-11 dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla is finally getting close to releasing a Metro version of its Firefox browser that will run on Windows RT as well as the tablet-side of Windows 8. The touch flavor of the app will arrive on December 10 along with Firefox 26. That's assuming, of course, that there won't be more delays. Given what we've seen so far, we wouldn't be surprised to see a final Metro version arrive in 2014."
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Mozilla Planning Firefox Metro For Windows 8 On December 10

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  • by yuhong (1378501) <yuhongbao_386 AT hotmail DOT com> on Sunday August 18, 2013 @01:41AM (#44598661) Homepage

    Summary is incorrect.

    • The original article is also wrong on this one.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I can't wait to see if they can finish it before RT is canceled.

    Wouldn't be the first time they denied and denied and then summarily canceled a project with no explaination.

    Usually it starts with a section leadership change , or a Spring re-org.. then suddenly.. "We've decided to go in another direction.."

    As for Metro.. what if like "SIlverlight" they decide to support that as an alternative user interface to the year 2133.. but no further updates will be forth coming.

  • by rossdee (243626)

    When is Windows 9 coming out?

  • by Moskit (32486) on Sunday August 18, 2013 @05:57AM (#44599243)

    Microsoft has changed UI name, seemingly due to trademark clash. It was even on /.
    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/08/03/1221242/microsoft-drops-metro-name-for-windows-8-ui [slashdot.org]

    • Microsoft has changed UI name, seemingly due to trademark clash. It was even on /.

      Since then "Metro" has taken on a slightly derogatory connotation for this user interface. Some who refer to it as Metro do so to be mildly insulting.

      You know, Microsoft also tried to call it "Modern UI" for a while, which was very ironic since much of this design of full screen, typing commands in to a box, and memorizing key combinations is a major throwback to the DOS/Windows 1.x days.

  • I'm old enough to remember that when Windows 95 came out there was all this ranting on the newsgroups against this new 'start menu' and people used various hacks to get the Windows 3.1 Program Manager (basically a screen full of icons) to display in Windows 95.

    (Now get off my lawn, etc.)
    • by linebackn (131821)

      During Windows 95 setup you could choose to use the Program Manager. No hacks or third party software needed. No such luck with Windows 8, it's either metro or the highway.

      I remember how many problems the Start menu solved. When helping someone over the phone, Start -> Settings -> Control Pannel was ALWAYS in the same place. (No more finding the Program Manager window, clicking File->Run and then typing CONTROL.EXE !)

      And if they wanted large icons, they could create a shortcut to the Start Menu fol

      • by Darinbob (1142669)

        I actually like and prefer the program group, because you can't cram it all into a single icon.

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      if you just open the start menu in explorer in windows95 you have the old program manager.. just make it open everything in new window and that's what you get. and 3.1 program manager definitely is not a screen full of icons - it's a window! because you know the big whoop was the use of windows..

      and what people ACTUALLY did was use hacks to get the chigago look and support libs _into_ windows 3.11 - not the other way around. ever heard of anyone using a metro style launcher for win7? fuck no NONONO - ther

    • by Darinbob (1142669)

      I remember the time and I don't remember the rants. Quite a lot of people were happy to see that UI show up in NT4. One difference from now is that you could still open up a folder to show all your programs the old way if you wanted to.

    • by antdude (79039)

      I still hate Metro, on the non-touch screen computers, after all these years. :(

  • I hope they don't force this on Windows 8 users. My folks would hate it. Currently they live most of their lives on the desktop, save for card games and starting applications with the Metro menu. But if they were forced to live in the single-application-full-screen "vision" of Metro for Firefox, they'd be *pissed*.

  • Just say No, to bad design.

    Too many apps are coming out now that parrot the "Metro" look and it's damn ugly. I just fired up Foxit Reader the other day and it had updated itself automatically with the new "Metro" look to match Win8 and I was like "Damn, what is this - Windows 3.1?!?" Because it looks like shit!

    It's all flat and everything is square with an outline. Just like Windows 3.1

    It's a giant leap backwards

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