Mozilla has started working on a Firefox version that is fully functional in the Metro interface of Windows 8. Currently it is possible to install Chrome and Firefox in Windows 8, but they will work only in the desktop environment and not in the Metro interface.
Microsoft IE is the only browser as of now that works both in Metro interface as well as Win 8 Desktop. Development of the Firefox for Metro interface has began this week, Mozilla developer Brian Bondy throws some light on the developmental efforts.
According to him the project is large one and will requires new code, once completed you can run Firefox on Desktop as well as on Metro interface. It seems that Windows 8 will have 3 types of applications: 1) Desktop applications 2) Metro applications and 3) Metro style enabled desktop browsers. Firefox for Metro belongs to the third category.
Unlike Metro applications, Metro style enabled desktop browsers have the ability to run outside of the Metro sandbox. Meaning not only can we build a browser, but we can build a powerful browser which gives an experience equal to that of a classic Desktop browser.
Running browser in the new Metro interface of Windows 8 requires the browser to be default for the system. If Firefox is not the default browser you wonâ€
We may not anticipate the release of Firefox for Metro this year. Mozillaâ€
We’re working in stages. We have a proof of concept now. Next we’ll get an actual browser standing up. After that, an Alpha, then a Beta, then a final release. I do not anticipate that we will get beyond a late stage Beta this year.