Mozilla has revealed that the company is working on a Metro-styled Firefox interface for Windows 8. The popular browser will be built for and integrated with the new Metro user interface, as well as have a few neat features that come along with Metro.
“Windows 8 contains two application environments, “Classic” and “Metro”. Classic is very similar to the Windows 7 environment at this time, it requires a simple evolution of the current Firefox Windows product. Metro is an entirely new environment and requires a new Firefox front end and system integration points. The feature goal here is a new Gecko based browser built for and integrated with the Metro environment,” Mozilla stated in an official wiki entry.
Mozilla is planning on creating an interface for Firefox that is full screen, focused on touch interactions, and integrated with the rest of the Metro UI in Windows 8. On top of that, the browser will have an Appbar that contains common navigation controls and the Awesomebar, as well as tabs.
Mozilla is still working out the details on this and the company is still unsure on what language to use for the frontend, be it XUL, C/C++ or HTML/CSS/JS.
“Firefox will have to support three “snap” states — full screen, ~1/6th screen and ~5/6th screen depending on how the user “docks” two full screen apps. Our UI will need to adjust to show the most relevant content for each size,” Mozilla added.Further reading: Firefox, Microsoft, Mozilla, Windows 8