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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 a nightly build of Mozilla Firefox and 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


  1. Yudono Ra
    October 10, 2012 at 11:02 am

    i think i'm gonna pas Win 8, stick with my old XP (soon upgraded to 7)

  2. Edwin Williams
    October 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Aye, I might have to switch back to Firefox! Looks amazing!

  3. Anonymous
    October 9, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Cool to see. Would need to try it out.

  4. Ahmed Sabeck
    October 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Great. IE10 isn't really that good and Metro Firefox looks amazing!

  5. Dimal Chandrasiri
    October 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    why do all like the metro look! :(

  6. Harish Jonnalagadda
    October 9, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Looks awesome with the solid color scheme.

  7. bilalahmed
    October 9, 2012 at 6:03 am

    wao!!!!its much better then chrome metro app,it was just a joke with metro iterface.....mozilla did the perfect job and its metro app looks much much better then chrome.

  8. Mohammad Hamad
    October 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Wow gonna love it, I think this WIndows 8 and the Whole Metro thing is probably one of the best UI ever

  9. ahmed Fouad khalil
    October 9, 2012 at 4:17 am

    When safari will do the same, do you think apple will do that?

    • Nikhil Gupta
      October 9, 2012 at 4:47 am

      no way apple is not going to do this ....

    • Richard Borkovec
      October 10, 2012 at 6:18 am

      Apple killed off Safari for Windows, so there's no way they'll make a "Metro" Safari.

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