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Windows 8 version of Firefox pushed back till next year

Firefox for Windows 8

If you’re running a PC, odds are you’re using either Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox as your web browser. The trio are always going head-to-head for marketshare with new features and other innovations. Solid touch support is one area that both Chrome and Firefox aren’t doing so hot compared to Internet Explorer.

Which is why the tech community was pretty stoked when Mozilla announced their plans for Firefox as a Windows 8 style app. Unfortunately it looks like the launch of that application has been pushed back.

We last heard from Mozilla that December 10th was the tentative date the world would get their hands on Firefox wrapped in metro UI design. This isn’t the first time the availability of the app has been pushed back. Development began about 18 months ago and was originally slated to become available around January 2013. In May of this year, Mozilla then aimed for a release between October 2013 and March 2014.

The team cites a slower development pace for continually pushing back the launch of Firefox. Fingers are now crossed for a late January 2014 release from Mozilla.

Are you looking forward to using Firefox in a touch environment? Sound off below or go to to try the latest version.

Source: Computer World



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R0bR says:

Nope, IE works fine for me.

YA BILLY says:

IE metro on my Samsung pro is perfect. Why would anyone want to switch?

Same thoughts. There was a time when IE s.ucked. That was a long time ago though. Now, IE rocks!! Mozilla can take its own sweet time with their modern browser.

jubbing says:

Competition is ALWAYS good. Firefox one ups IE? No worries, ie hits back with another one up and so on. It forces everyone to improve. Generally who wins? Us, the users.

JackG058 says:

Agree about the competition. Back when IE had 90% of the market share they let the browser go to pot (as in a toilet). Mozilla came out with a really nice suite that eventually led to Firefox. Microsoft was forced to begin improvements on IE, and the rest is history.

jubbing says:

Then slowly Firefox dropped the ball and chrome crashed the party in a good way. Now look at how far IE has come. Its all good.

TechBizJP says:

Chrome CRASH? Seriously, i don't like chrome. Too much ram use and always chrash. IE for me works fine.

chandy227 says:

firefox add-ons which I believe is planned.  If they include the add-on store im all in on metro firefox

Nik Rolls says:

I prefer my browser to be fast rather than bogged down with badly written extensions.

willied says:

It's nice to have the option to have add-ons. I don't even want to use Metro IE in W8 because I can't have things like Xmarks (Bookmark sync), Lastpass (Password sync), etc. which make things so much easier and convenient while browsing. Desktop IE runs fast for me even with the add-ons.

Nik Rolls says:

I've been using 8.1 since it went to preview, happy to say that Metro IE does a great job of syncing those now. It's a really nice experience to jump onto my tablet and have all the autocomplete, browsing history, passwords and bookmarks I was using on my desktop at work.

Only thing missing is syncing to phone, but that comes in WP8.1.

Kacey Green says:

Bookmark sync is built into Win 8 if you're using a microsoft account

willied says:

I understand that, but that only works with IE, so if I want to use Firefox then I'm out of luck...but even if I did just use IE then I would still have to input all of my passwords again, and I also have to have Adblock Plus, and you can't get that with Metro IE. And a nice thing about LastPass is that it will automatically log you in on websites if you so choose.

Nik Rolls says:

On the flip side, using IE sync will get our passwords and bookmarks on your phone come-WP8.1 (assuming you use Windows Phone). Last Pass isn't a good experience on any mobile platform because of browser sandboxing (you have to browse within the app).

RedSamurai says:

YOU choose which extensions you want in your browser. If they are badly written don't keep them. Choice is always good...

Nik Rolls says:

If a marketplace with stringent quality control was available, then that would be good. Trouble is that the layperson doesn't know that extensions an slow your browser and cause site issues, and then hey just complain about the browser being bad.

mister2d says:

You prefer your browser to be bogged down with ads, annoying flash, and tracking crap? OK.

Nik Rolls says:

Did you assume I use Chrome? I use IE11.

MoeHd7920 says:

IE has issues with sites like Best Buy .com cause it can't access all the menus with out the assist of a mouse which if your on a tablet having to carry a mouse with you is not ideal.

rnjohnson18 says:

I can't use any of the addons I need on IE Metro, things like AdBlock, Last Pass, scriptish, etc.

onysi says:

metro firefox would actually benefit users.  its a step for major companies to adapt to metro style apps for RT devices.  its a slow progress but soon desktop will end up like MS-DOS.

I've always used IE but IE11 in Windows 8.1 (even RTM) is pretty terrible :( Hoping a patch before launch will fix a lot of it.

Nik Rolls says:

Yeah, it is quite buggy compared to 10. But I'm sure it has been ironed out for release; IE would fail pretty badly if not.

jcutting says:

Really? I've found IE11 in 8.1 RTM to be the best IE in years. Even with 10, I was reduced to using Chrome (ugh) for its speed and stability (mostly). IE11 loads almost everything faster than Chrome for me and seems way more stable - I've finally switched back.

xpxp2002 says:

Yeah. The desktop version crashes and the Metro one is still clunky. I hate how once you swipe up/down to show then hide the tab bar, you can't see the progress bar on a loading page anymore without leaving the whole tab bar up.

pressstart says:

I used IE10 desktop for over 6 months since Win8 came out, but I got fed up with one annoying glitch. Sometimes, when I close a tab/window that's trying to finish loading, that same webpage will spawn 2 new windows. Trying to close those just multiplies the number of new windows that pop up. If I wait until they load, then it usually calms down. Too bad I have a dsl connection, so waiting for every single site to load just to avoid this is stupid. It could be any site, like youtube, wpcentral, etc. No malware detected, nothing from Windows Defender. Happened to my personal and work pc with win8.

Firefox makes life easier, especially being able to customize it the way I want to use it.

willied says:

I've had this same glitch multiple times including once today. Glad it's not just me.

Tafsern says:

Opera 16 ftw!

WilliamC1972 says:

I agree + 925!!!!

vlad0 says:

IE on touch is sublime..

ahmedjan87 says:

Mozzarella figglefax

WinFan1 says:

That made me smile :)

ahmedjan87 says:

I think I saw you on vine

ahmedjan87 says:

No no that was winphan

simphf says:

I heard some once seriously call it Mozzarella FireFrog. Not a joke.

Deaconclgi says:

I work in an IT department and several employees have called it Fox makes me person said Fox Fire about 10 times during the call and I eventually said Firefox and they were like "Firefox????????" as if I was talking about an entirely different product. :)
I use IE 10 on the desktop and phone. I used Firefox to playaround with addon ons when it was Firefox version X.X (single digits) and I never liked chrome. I have been an IE fan every since I stopped using Netscape Navigator in the 90s.

xpxp2002 says:

I hear Fox Fire all the time, and I just don't get it. They use the browser every day. Do people not read? Makes me wonder how these people manage to buy food for themselves and drive a car on a daily basis.

RyanAMG says:

IE works just fine

kerryprsp says:

Solid touch support is the reason why Chrome isn't set as my default browser.

Flavio76 says:

same here at my Surface...IE just works better, thats it

Options are always welcome. :)

Jeffrey Fox says:

True true, competition for marketshare is what drives innovation and ideas. Among other things.

jbigelow says:

+1 for options. And this would be a higher profile app that would speak to the viability of the Win 8 app ecosystem.

broar94 says:

Hope it releases asap nxt year..

morpheus1982 says:

I am using Nightly. Its the 64 bit version of Firefox, and it has both a desktop and Windows 8 mode. It is a beta tho.

I can't get nightly to launch into metro. I know that it must be default, but I get the metro splash screen and it crashes.

I am syncing my add ons, I wonder if an addon is causing it because I get the same behaviour across all of my PCs with it.

link68759 says:

I tried it yesterday... You can't stress "beta" enough. It's no surprise they're delaying it. It's almost unusable.

JoeMeekFan says:

I use it and it works quite fine. Only it doesn't support flash. I don't use IE anymore since I had to reset the settings, because it destroyed the sounds in Metro Apps.

simphf says:

IE works well, but I also like Firefox.

mccasive says:

I dumped Firefox and Chrome when IE9 was launched and I have never looked back. Very satisfied with IE10 on my desktop and IE 11 on my Surface and Vaio Duo 13

No need to hurry Mozilla, take your time. IE11 is more than enough. ;)

I don't like using IE because I can't use adblock plus. Otherwise it's good.

mtav1 says:

There is an adblock extension for IE :

RedSamurai says:

Sorry, but not nearly as good as ABP. Good news is it IS coming

WinMaverick says:

Whatt!! But I'm using ABP for quite some time:

quantum tao says:

not compatible with IE11, or at least thats what it told me when i updated to windows 8.1.
but the tracking protection list works fine

illidanx says:

ABP is compatible with IE 11 now.

_Emi_ says:

its compatible with IE11 BUT its not compatible with enhanced protected mode... so you should disable that if you want to run it. some addons can disable EPM by site, but this one wont do that. so to run this addon you should go to Internet Options -> advanced, scroll down until you uncheck "Enable Enhanced Protected Mode*"
and when you restart your IE it will tell you if you want to enable the addon. so yeah, you should choose what you want. more security or the adblocker.
I use tracking protection list, it works for what i need. but I tested to installing and disabling enhanced protected mode. to verify your "not compatible in 8.1" its just what I thought it was...
you should remember IE10 had enhanced protected mode as well. BUT it wasnt enabled by default, now 8.1 enabled it and thats where you can get that kind of message. but its easily fixed by turn that thing off. you would run IE11 like IE10 on 8.0 anyway.


Flavio76 says:

many thanks!!!!

... it's actually now.  But I'm finding it to be overly aggressive and I don't see a way to scale it back and block ads of my choosing.

RedSamurai says:

That's the case of almost everybody. So you can only imagine how happy I was to read (in their blog) that a new version of AdBlock Plus for IE is in the works.
Once it's released, there definitely would be few reasons to not completely switch to IE. Although it'd be great if they opened it up a bit to allow easier extension-development...

_Emi_ says:

sigh... please... that blog entry was published 3 MONTHS ago. knowing the rarely publish something in the blog, couldnt you check if the site has already the IE version?
so hard to see the IE logo? I dont even use ABP and I already knew it was released sometime ago.

_Emi_ says:

lol please... if you havent researched please dont comment. so hard to see the f IE logo in ABP site?

RedSamurai says:

The IE version of ABP as it stands now is a long shot from the convivial and advanced one in Firefox (not chrome). Everybody's hope is that after they re-considered working on it again, they will finally bake in the rest of the features that made it such a must-have extension for many...

n.b: you should learn how to have a proper discussion without sounding rude and getting on the defensive rom the get go.

Josh Harman says:

Wow, 18 months and still not done?

douglasbaiao says:

I'm pretty sure that they are acting like "Windows 8 still lacks market enough to launch the app as soon as possible".
I wish that these companies that are ignoring Windows (Instagram, Mozilla) and making us wait YEARS to use their apps, will see the OS grow in a large number and when they decide to launch the app, no one will want them, because there will be great option on Microsoft's ecosystem! IE is already a great option for Firefox, the several apps for editing photos are awesome option for Instagram.

silverbladex says:

I quit using Firefox ages ago. IE is where it's at!

Clice says:

I like the plugins, I hope IE will support 3rd party, like lastpass, evernote and other

Flavio76 says:

it suport lastpas...Im a suporter of lastpass from years and years ..cant live without it

WinMaverick says:

Don't care for touch as long as Surface/Lumia RT doesn't reach our shore. But for WP... I need it NOW! Firefox is my default in PC and need that sync over to WP asap.

ryraansh says:

Just get CloudFox

DavidinCT says:

That sucks...IE in 8.1 does not work with a lot of sites that I use. I am running the standard firefox on it so I can access some sites that I use.
Does anyone know where I can get the newest beta of this browserr ?

MediaCastleX says:

It'll definitely right itself come GA in October... =[

Yeah I want them to take their time developing their browser too I have been testing it doesn't have enough features and functionality that most browser should have still going to test it but they need to make it as good as he desktop browser before its called Firefox call it nightly for now lol

aitt says:

Firefox is not as good as it once was. I either use IE or Chrome. FF was my go to but IE has improved better.

sasukeluffy says:

What does the fox say?

quantum tao says:

you had to say it, didn't you?

Martinio32 says:

Firefox was good but couple years ago. Now this is rubbish.

Chrome because i use a computer not just on my home pc and auto translate!!!

link68759 says:

Everyone: "who needs Firefox? We have IE!"

Me: *slowly backs out of the room*

I'll never look at you guys the same again. IE is perfectly adequate but firefox's extensions are invaluable.

tgr42 says:

It's scary eh?
Personally I'd take Lynx over IE.

sharek77o says:

What about Firefox for windows phone? When will that come?

Gecko is not able to run on WP8, so no, until MS allows it

nokiauser911 says:

Off topic: opera mini for window phone?? When is it coming?? Is Microsoft now allowing other browser engines now??

MediaCastleX says:

I use Nokia Xpress as an alternative for browsing on the phone... =P

n3rfh3rd3r says:

I'd love options for Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8 but usually the sites I cannot use with IE are bad for me anyway.

simphf says:

Don't worry. I'm working on a Donkey Pr0n just for you.

NIST says: mean Modern UI.

sundawg#WP says:

While I hate extra things installed on my machines, FF and Chrome still do way faster JavaScript processing. Most casual users won't notice this, but I work on a browser-deployed app that uses JS a lot. Internal benchmarks of our pages have shown IE improving, but they never catch up. We literally have to override some of our 3rd party JS library classes to avoid some of the IE JS weaknesses.

Nik Rolls says:

Really? Even IE9 onwards with the HW accelerated JS? Always been much faster for me.

sundawg#WP says:

It all depends on what you are testing. For our app these are how the browsers score (all 32bit):
IE9 = 302
IE10 = 236
FF ESR17 = 155
GC 27 = 130
(lower is better)
Memory usage is pretty much the same between IE and FF, but GC uses about half. Btw, I despise Google, so I really hate that they win our benchmarks every time. The only redeeming factor is that GC and FF are often not allowed in our customer environments.

pookiewood says:

IE, FF and Opera for me.  When one pisses me off I switch out.

douglasbaiao says:

I'm pretty sure that they are acting like "Windows 8 still lacks market enough to launch the app as soon as possible".
I wish that these companies that are ignoring Windows (Instagram, Mozilla) and making us wait YEARS to use their apps, will see the OS grow in a large number and when they decide to launch the app, no one will want them, because there will be great option on Microsoft's ecosystem! IE is already a great option for Firefox, the several apps for editing photos are awesome option for Instagram.

IceDree says:

I ... I use Safari in my Windows 7 laptop

quantum tao says:

you cant bait us that easily.

IceDree says:

Lol , I swear :)

link68759 says:

We don't take kindly to your type 'round here. You best get up 'n' leave b'fore there's an ax-see-dent

IceDree says:

Hahahaha, if it makes you feel better, I use Windows Phone (HTC 8X) , got an Xbox 360 & will buy XB1 ... But but but I use iTunes

MediaCastleX says:

Are they running out of money? Maybe they're too wrapped up in their phone... =[

useme2useyou says:

IE is fine but because it doesn't support silverlight, I can't watch Sky Go on my Surface. Any alternatives? Pls let me know...

ScubaNitrox says:

IE doesn't support Silverlight? Silverlight is a Microsoft product. lol This is why the company needs restructuring, so they can all talk to each other and make sure that their products are all compatible with themselves first.

Binson#WP says:

The only thing I can't do right now on IE is use Asana. So, it'll be a race between when Asana is able to be IE compatible and when Mozilla releases this browser for me to be able to use it on my Surface RT. I have to remote to another computer to use it currently...

quantum tao says:

now otherwise known as chromera

Doomguy says:

You mean crapera.

simphf says:

Sadly, yes it is.

rinosaur says:

Rare to see other Opera users. It is absolutely the best browser

quantum tao says:

was, now its chrome, plated with opera

zigzagr63 says:

Don't miss Firefox because I never use it so no I wouldn't use it when, or if, it comes out.

mdram says:

Boo!  I like FF...
Although IE 11 metro is pretty sweet too...
I mix it up on my tablet.

tigermcm says:

There was an update to IE a few months ago and since than my main financial institution's website will not work on it so i have to us firefox :-(

BBurke33609 says:

Set that site to use compatibility mode. Fixes every weird thing a site does for me.

xFalk says:

IE10 works great for me but on those rare occassions when IE can't handle some bad script writing, I resort to Fire Fox.  I prefer the desktop version of IE over the Metro app version though so my desktop FF version works just fine.  Of course a Metro FF version would be good for the platform.

wpguy says:

Rockin' IE and Opera. I use Opera exclusively for Facebook, in a feeble attempt to thwart FB tracking. Opera replaced Firefox when I had enough of Mozilla's constant stream of updates, and I wasn't even subscribed to the beta channel. (Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as too many updates.) Me run Google Chrome? I don't want to say ain't ever gonna happen, but for now, ain't gonna happen.

jabtano says:

I like IE Metro

rinosaur says:

Been using Opera for 12 years straight now. IE backup for the rare incompatible site

sicnus says:

Google is of the devil!

inurear says:


Jack Larson1 says:

⬆⬆⬆⬆ I like the way your O's stretch off the screen.

blackprince says:

Firefox? Firefox? Oh yeah that was that browser I left for IE10 and never looked back. Firefox turned into laggy, slow, junk that always broke Flash.

WP7_Genius says:

Good ol IE10 works fine for me. I would still try out FF when they make the full screen ver.

Nick_1020 says:

Ohhh ffs. Little disappointed by this news. I do like IE10 on WP but it's missing loads. I currently use FF on my desktop and the thought of syncing data between desktop and mobile is very appealing as well as improved plugin support.

IE gets some unfair press due to past poor reputation but the mobile platform certainly needs some work.

I don't care about ff, I just hope videolan finishes vlc mtero soon

w8user says:

IE 10 sucks big time with drop down menus. A lot of websites have menus to access different options: banks, insurance companies, retailers, etc. Heck, even AT&T's web control panel uses those menus and IE 10 metro does NOT work with them using touch
Mind you, those menus work perfectly fine with IE 9, so it's all Microsoft's fault that IE 10 does not work with those sites. The only thing I care about is to access most websites, and IE 10 does not work with all because of the aforementioned issue.
Same $hit happens with Windows Phone 8
So, yes, I welcome Firefox and hope IE10 either improves and fixes those issues, or disappears forever

shukuist says:

i do want firefox on WP8, cuz the tab management is way better, IE on WP8 is not that convenient to change tabs, and the max tab allowed are 6 only, which is way way to few

ScubaNitrox says:

I agree that ie has come a long way, but some websites do look better in Firefox. I do use both on my PCs, but I can definitely wait. I remember when I had an Android phone and when Firefox came out for that it was a huge app in terms of size and it was slow and buggy. They can take their time in order to get it right, because ie is so good now, no biggie.

AskaLangly says:

Oh no... say it isn't so.

ViktorG says:

boo hoo. sucks to be firefox