Firefox to go Metro for Windows 8
Mozilla has revealed via its MozillaWiki site that it has agreed to play nice with Microsoft's hotly-anticipated OS by undergoing a huge transformation for the launch of a Windows 8 version of Firefox specifically tailored for its Metro UI.
Making the announcement as part of the company's 2012 roadmap, Mozilla has announced public alpha and beta versions will be available in the second half of 2012.
The Windows 8 Metro-specific Firefox browser is being built using the Gecko API to bring along Firefox capabilities that can fully accomodate Windows 8's finger-friendly Metro UI – including support for full-screen mode and the ability to connect to the rest of the Metro environment.
Taking a lead from Windows 8's split personality, the Firefox browser will include two interfaces – the classic version of the browser and a completely new Firefox environment with Metro stylings.
We might have to wait till October to officially say hello to Windows 8, but with Microsoft planning to launch the Consumer version of Windows 8 on February 29 at Mobile World Congress, this means everyone and their dog will be able to take it for a test drive.
So while we wait for Firefox to perfect its Windows 8 browser, we'll be checking out Windows 8 and its Windows Phone-inspired Metro tiles, launch games and will hopefully put an end to the 'will they, won't they' saga surrounding the dumping of the Start button.