Software maker Mozilla recently announced the launch of Metro-enabled Firefox browser for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.
With the release of the new version, Firefox has joined the likes of Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) that comes with Windows 8; and Google Chrome that released its stable Metro-enabled version in late 2012.
Internet Explorer 10 was the first instance of a exclusive style of Windows 8 app, which provides double views of the similar browser engine: an immersive, plugin-free app (Metro style) and a customary desktop agenda, which backs up Flash and other third-party plugins.
The newest version of Firefox browser for Windows 8 is functioning, but it is not ready for the public yet. You can download it from the Nightly channel, the storehouse of functioning builds that are suitable for testing but not stable enough for permanent use.
Microsoft’s IE 10 was the first example of a unique style of Windows 8 application that presents two views of the same browser: one immersive, plug-in-free app in the so-called Metro style, and a conventional desktop program which supports Flash Player and other third-party plug-ins.
A desktop browser that participates in the new Metro style experience, when the user wants so, can provide HTML5 rendering for web pages and service HTTPS requests. By definition, such a desktop browser provides complete access to Win32 APIs for rendering HTML5.
The Metro-enabled Firefox browser for Windows 8 uses the App bar, and the tabbed browsing interface remained concealed until the user reveals them with a swipe.