Mozilla Working on Metro-style Firefox for Windows 8

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loozer

Actually:
Mozilla MIGHT make a metro Firefox, but probably not due to metro limitations.

More likely a "fake" metro app that's optimized for touch.

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Eoraptor

as the article says, their plans are highly contingent on what rights Microsoft decides to grant them concerning permissions and trust levels. Welcome to the world where Microsoft controls what you're allowed to install on your computer.

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ERSZ

I'm not worried about metro UI as its easily removable. I'm very much interested and how windows 8 will work out on the mobile platform, not too worried about my desktop after all everyone customizes their windows desktop this wont be much different just remove metro and you'll have your windows 7 look and feel so stop crying already.

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Eoraptor

No, not "everyone" customizes their windows desktop. In fact, only the small percentage of people who both have windows and come to sites like this do. (and indeed, I'd wager that not even all of them do more than install a dock client) The vast majority of people with windows, like 80% of the world's computer-using population, use a stock build. So saying that they have to disable a fundamental function of of the OS just to get what they want is not an acceptable situation. it's not something to "stop crying about"

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ERSZ

simple changing the wallpaper is customizing windows and I dont know of anyone that stuck to the wallpaper that came with their windows pc so ill say it again quit crying try it and learn it and im sure you'll be happy with it.

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Hey.That_Dude

Sounds like a good idea. Hit all the major mobile OS's, and conquer the WORLD!

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biggiebob12345

Mozilla has been getting more and more on my shit list since moving to rapid releases. The devs have become even bigger scatter brains...working on crap that they want to work on and not stuff that people actually care about.

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Eoraptor

how is planning to be ready for the next major update to the world's most popular PC operating system "not stuff people actually care about"?

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JaxJaguar

So far, I am very unimpressed with Win 8. (Can you say Windows ME all over again?). Users do NOT want the Metro UI shoved down their throats, and that is what Microsoft is doing here. I expect Win 7 to become like Win XP in its longevity due to the crap that comes after it. And we wonder why AAPL stock goes up an average of 43% per year and MSFT has gone up less than 1% (total, not per year) over the past 10 years? I guess Steve Ballmer hasn't received the memo on this. Well, now he knows.

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gmvolk

Until the normal desktop PC is all touch, I really don't see Win8 being a huge success. Yes Mozilla needs to adapt, just hope it does not take away development from the Win7 Firefox. I for one don't see the desktop PC making much use of metro, tablets sure but not PCs.

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LatiosXT

Metro is not what's killing Windows Phone 7. A lot of reviews I've seen about it say it's a great UI alternative to what Apple started with iOS. And if anything, the reason why WP7 phones don't sell very well is...

1. Microsoft is late to the game. You've either committed to iOS or Android. And also, I can't seem to find one on Verizon.
2. And those who have used Windows Mobile have sour aftertastes.

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mattatooski

I have gone from Android to WP7, and I can say that I do really like it. It is very fluent and I dont think I have ever had an app crash. The metro interface is a pleasure to use and must admit that I am intrigued to see it on my desktop pc. In saying all that, what I dont like about WP7 is the lack of customization.

You can choose from around 12 color schemes for the tiles and a black or white background for everything else. Coming from Android, this just hurts. I really hope that the new desktop metro will be a hell of a lot more customizable than the WP7 is. For peolpe like my technophobe parents, I think Windows 8 will be awesome and really simple to use, after I set up the email accounts and everything else. For everyone else, like maximum pc readers, we will have to wait see .....

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Ashton2091

Also, Microsoft previously was not paying out any incentives for the carrier's sale people to push the phone. That has changed though. Both Nokia and Microsoft have invested millions for incentives for pushing Windows Phone.

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Eoraptor

All true points. Frankly, I don't want metro on my PC anymore than I want iOS on it. but in the smart phone arena it's a genuine contender, it's just that Microsoft doesn't have the necessary experience to market it.
(that and there's a very vocal portion of apple fanboys out there who work hard on behalf of cuppertino to tear down anything without the fruit on the back, so there is a lot of bad info and badly biased blogs floating around out there skewing opinion.)

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praetor_alpha

I like Metro's visual design of minimalism, large text, and pretty pictures, but Windows 8 looks like a candy shop, ugh.

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ogman

It's strange to me that Microsoft insists on putting all of their eggs in one ugly basket called Metro. It doesn't even sell on phones, and yet they act like it is going to be well adopted on all devices. Can't really blame Mozilla for playing along, but it seems like a waste of time and effort.

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