Microsoft no longer calls it Metro, but Firefox is sticking to the name as it prepares its browser for Windows 8. Now, you can test it out with a preview version and see if there’s actually nothing in a name. If you are trying out a 64-bit RTM release of Windows 8, you can download aand see if the user experience is good for you. The nightly builds are self-updating packages, so with each update you can follow the development of the browser.
The screenshot on view at the Mozilla blog shows that it’s a radical departure from earlier interfaces of Firefox. It is a definite adoption of the Windows 8 tablet touch interface and its design elements. The bookmarks page shows the block style assortment of nicely colored tiles like the interface of Windows 8.
The design goes beyond eye-candy as Mozilla attempts full support with touch and swipe gestures and other settings optimized for tablets. Mozilla says that there’s support for Firefox Sync, Metro touch and swipe gestures, and a simple but powerful Australis interface that is “streamlined, modern, and beautiful”.
Development will progress along the lines of giving a seamless experience according to the aesthetics of Windows 8. Being a nightly build, bugs are expected, but this will give curious users a hint of what to expect when the browser is finally released.
Source: Mozilla Blog