Mozilla have this week announced that they have now started development on the new Firefox User Interface for Windows 8. Following on from the launch of the Microsoft’s Windows 8 Consumer Preview last month.
Mozilla is currently re-designing their popular browser to fit within the new Metro style Windows 8 user interface. Which Mozilla say will improve the user and web experience for Windows 8 users.
Brian Bondy from Mozilla explains that a browser can only participate in Metro mode if it is the default browser. So if Firefox is not setup as the default browser on a system, unfortunately you will not be able to use it in Metro mode. The decision for this has been made by Microsoft. Bondy continues by saying:
“Our first major goal is to get an experimental build of Fennec or Firefox running in Metro. This work is mainly being tracked in Bug 732518.
We have several smaller goals that we want to tackle next week:
-Figure out how to make our own PRI files with our own resources.
-Get a C++/XAML application working
-Get our app launching through a delegate DLL instead of an EXE
-Figure out how to interop XAML / DirectX.
-Start to figure out how we will paint content to our DirectX surface with the graphics layer
-Figure out how to implement other contracts
-Look into native theme rendering”
Its still early days for the Mozilla Firefox Metro development team, but as more information becomes available we will keep you updated.
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