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Mozilla releases Firefox Metro beta for Windows 8

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 fights on two fronts
Fri Oct 05 2012, 15:46
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has released a preview build of Firefox Metro for Windwos 8.

Mozilla had complained about difficulties in developing a web browser for Microsoft's Marmite Metro user interface, but seemingly has managed to work around the artificial wrinkles put in place by Microsoft to produce a preview build of Firefox Metro. According to Mozilla the preview build runs in both the boxlike Windows Metro environment and the "classic" Windows desktop environment.

Mozilla claims that Firefox Metro has been developed from the ground up for Windows 8, and runs on the x86 version of the operating system. In the organisation's preview build, there is a tiled start page and support for Windows 8's charms, with a user interface that looks very similar to Mozilla's Firefox for Android web browser.

Both Google and Mozilla have been working hard to create alternative web browsers, as Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 will once again receive prominent billing on the firm's flagship operating system. While Mozilla initially complained of development difficulties, both Google and Mozilla now have public betas, meaning that Microsoft won't have the field to itself for long.

Mozilla reiterated that Firefox Metro is still in an early preview stage and that bugs are to be expected. However the outfit urged those running the release to manufacturing version of Windows 8 to try out a nightly build of Mozilla Firefox from the Elm repository and start testing. µ


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