By Vamien McKalin email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 15, 2013 11:08 AM EST
Mozilla has been promising a Windows 8 Metro-styled Firefox browser for a long time, now it seems the company is ready to own up to its words. Mozilla released a new build of its browser recently; this build follows the design of a Windows 8 app.
Microsoft's new OS, Windows 8, uses two different types of applications: the regular desktop apps we have been using from the OS' beginning and Metro apps, which are now dubbed Windows 8-styled apps. Metro apps are simple applications that take up the whole screen, and are similar to smartphone and tablet apps in design and behavior.
Metro apps are designed to be touch-friendly, unlike regular desktop apps. However, keyboard and mouse controls still work wonderfully, so there is little to worry about if you're not a person who finds touchscreens attractive.
The new Firefox Metro application comes equipped with some features of Metro. For example, it has the non-menu-bar look and swiping from the edge of the screen. These features work wonderfully in Internet Explorer 10 Metro. If Mozilla is capable of pulling off the same smoothness, Microsoft could be in for some serious competition.
For those fearless geeks who would love to give Firefox Metro a shot, visit Firefox Nightly, download and prepare to experience bugs from all corners. We'll be going hands-on soon with a report of our findings.