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Mozilla will offer a single Firefox build for Windows 8

Will support Metro and desktop environments in one executable
Tue Jan 15 2013, 12:30
Firefox Windows 8 preview release

SOFTWARE OUTFIT Mozilla will release a version of its Firefox web browser that will run in both the Metro and desktop environments of Windows 8 as well as supporting older Windows versions.

Following the release of Firefox 18 last week, The INQUIRER asked Mozilla for an update on its Windows 8 plans. The open source group released a preview of a Metro compatible Firefox back in October, but there has been little news about progress since then.

Mozilla confirmed that it is still working on a Windows 8 release of Firefox that will run under Metro, but was unwilling to offer a timeframe for when this might become available.

"The team is at work building a browser for the Metro environment, but we don't have new test builds to share at the moment," a Mozilla spokesperson told The INQUIRER in a statement.

"Our plan is to have a single Firefox executable that will offer users both the classic browser interface as well as one tailored for Metro."

Further, Mozilla said that it expects to deliver the Firefox release for Windows 8 as a single executable that will also run on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

Windows 8 has been making life difficult for web browser developers, according to reports, because of the problems in accommodating both the Metro-style user interface and the traditional desktop environment.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has also been quiet about a version of its Internet Explorer 10 web browser for Windows 7.

Although IE10 shipped as part of Windows 8 in October, a version for the older Windows 7 operating system is still available only in a Release Preview build announced in November.

Microsoft had not responded to requests from The INQUIRER for further information on the status of IE10 for Windows 7 at the time of writing. µ

 

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