Mozilla announcing plans to do a Metro version of Firefox for Windows 8 tablets was received with optimism. The browser has a steady community despite Google’s Chrome replacing it in the hearts of most techies. Yesterday, Ed Bott at ZDNet shared Mozilla’s progress on Firefox Metro. As it turns out, what Mozilla showed wasn’t the final design so I’m being told not to judge them. In his status update blog post, Mozilla engineer Brian Bondy elaborates on where Firefox Metro is:
- Integration with Share Charm to share a page with any application (What are Charms?)
- Support for Metro Snap
- Search Charm integration: if Firefox Metro is your default browser and you enter a URL in the Search Charm, the page will be loaded
Bondy says work on the UI and experience has not started. For Mozilla, supporting Metro in Windows 8 is important since:
If a browser is default on Metro, it will also be default on the Desktop.
If a browser does not support Metro, it is seriously at risk of losing the default browser status, and therefore significant market share.
Here’s what was shown:
When I saw the screenshots I was reminded of Windows 3.0. Here’s why:
Metro is a design language and there are only two ways a company can differentiate their browser from Intern Explorer 10: