Fire up your browsing experience with Firefox for Windows 8
We haven’t been following the Mozilla Foundation’s progress too much on a Windows 8 browser—we just know that they were working on one.
So either we missed it or this is hot off the presses but they have released a “nightly build” of their Windows 8 App (Modern Style) Firefox browser for x86 devices. That means you Surface RT (ARM CPU) folk will have to wait a bit, but if you’re on full-fledged Windows 8, you may want to take a look.
Heading over to their site (https://www.mozilla.org/en-CA/firefox/channel/desktop/ (opens in new tab)) you can download the “Standard” version to install on your PC or laptop. It will then walk you through the normal install.
Now, like Chrome there are two versions of the browser: one for desktop and one for RT/Start. To make it RT-styled, open as a Start app, make it the default browser by choosing ‘Nightly’ from the popup menu.
Reader of the site Rockartisten also tips us how to get those tabs to always show:
Indeed the browser ain’t half bad and it’s always great to see alternatives using the new RT style come to the platform. Now if only alternative browsers for the Surface RT and associated hardware could happen…
Source: Mozilla (opens in new tab); Thanks, Rockaristen, for the tip!
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EDIT: lol I knew it would end showing up all my comments that weren't being showed at first xD
Buggy comment section is buggy.....
Previously I was a huge Opera fan and used it for more than 10 years. For now, I am going to stick with good old MS. No FF or Chrome for me.
Unless something has changed that I don't know about, there's no "RT apps" designation.
But that's just me being pedantic.
Exe-Files can only run on Windows 8 (x86) but Windows Store apps created with the WinRT framework can be compiled for either x86 or ARM. Not every Windows Store app does work on Windows RT.
The confusion is about the wording of WinRT (the framework) and Windows RT (the ARM version of Windows 8). And additionally Microsoft had to let desktop browsers run exclusively in the modern UI becaue there is no thrid-party browser engine created with WinRT framework.
How about we expect people writing articles to get the information correct the first time? It takes all of a few minutes to proof an article (using the term article loosely) that takes up less than a page. If people spent more time actually checking facts, grammar, usage, etc., the internet would be a better source of factual (and useful) information....
The only confucing part here is that desktop browsers can run in the modern UI.
There's a single exception for the fact that all WinRT-based apps have to be installed from the Store, and that is for browsers. And that's the reason that only your default browser can be in the Metro view (just easier to call it that)... Microsoft doesn't want every single app declaring that it's a browser and being able to be sideloaded.
It is a desktop app (.exe for x86) that can also run in the modern UI (full screen). Exactly like Google Chrome and IE10.
The pretentiousness from IE fanboys is just :facepalm:
Mozilla, I saw through your BS...
"To make it RT-styled, open as a Start app,"
How do you open as 'start app'? Any time i try to open it it just opens in desktop.
Yeah being honest I couln't make it work as an app, it just installed desktop version.
Just tried it out. It looks amazing and has lots of neat features. Needs much more work to get it running as smoothly as IE10 though, and then I will consider switching permanently. Google should take note.
If I bother to install Win8 on my desktop again I will definitely be trying out Firefox because it probably will still use Cleartype and make my eyes feel much better. If I get a Win8 tablet with a very high PPI screen I can see that ClearType wouldn't be needed anymore and IE10 will be fine but until then I guess I would have to say that Firefox would be my choice (and I haven't used Firefox in many years).
As far as Firefox is concerned, I have been a fan since I started developing FireFox Add-ons with the Add-on Builder and SDK and the whole process of developer resources has fallen into place. Good going, Firefox!