zag (18th March 2014)
Mozilla pulls the plug on 'Metro' mode Firefox browser for Windows 8 | The Verge
Mozilla has announced that they will not be proceeding with the release of a Metro version of Firefox. There stats show very low use of Metro resulting in great difficulties in adequately testing a Metro version of Firefox.
This and the cries for a return of the traditional Windows start menu and desktop mode make me think the Metro interface may not be long for this world unless MS can really turn it around in Wimdows 9. If Windows 9 removed Metro though and we were left with all of the improvements 8.1 has over 7, I imagine Windows 9 would be wildly successful on the desktop.
zag (18th March 2014)
Mozilla has a habit of cancelling projects (or putting them on hold) and then coming back to them at a later date. e.g.
- Electrolysis project on hold / Mozilla may bring the multi-process architecture Electrolysis (e10s) back from the dead
- Mozilla quietly kills Firefox 64-bit for Windows, despite an estimated 50% of testers using it / Mozilla backpedals on Firefox 64-bit for Windows, will keep nightly builds coming after all
I bet within the next two or three years Mozilla will start working on Metro Firefox again, especially if Firefox OS has limited success.
cries from a small minority of Firefox users for Mozilla to scrap Firefox's forthcoming Australis UX. It doesn't mean to say the most vocal users are always right however (the same applies to Windows users too).
I am looking forward to when Sir Jonathan Ive redesigns OS X to look more like iOS 7 - it's only a matter of time!
Some Apple users are going to go absolutely mental, simply because it's different to what they are used to!
Last edited by Arthur; 15th March 2014 at 10:51 PM.
In all honestly I can see the desktop going over the metro style. I like the metro style and think it shows up just how cluttered the start menu was to the point where when using 7, I now hit start and just type to search the program rather than use the start menu (a sort of omg what cavemen we were back in 2010 using this interface).
As for Firefox pulling out.... in my opinion, who the hell uses Firefox anyway over Chrome or IE 10/11?
Firefox is terrible now, we have ripped it off all our machines thanks to its mental footprint and its dirty Linux habit of spewing a billion tiny long named files to the roaming user profile by default.
Frontmotion community edition of Firefox (with the icon changed to look like the normal Firefox browser). We had lots of issues with Chrome early last year, none at all with Frontmotion since making the switch.
We don't use roaming profiles, so can't comment on what it does there.
We used the front motion one, never worked well with the GPO templates, still wanted filthy text files twiddles with and spewed rubbish as above. Chrome by comparison behaves fine and encapsulated the disgusting adobe flash like IE11 on w8 which is a major given how terrible that is.
I thought Microsoft have already confirmed that TIFKAM was here to stay, but the way it works was going to change. Eg. Being able to have TIFKAM apps open in windows on the normal desktop.
The thing with it is, Microsoft have made it difficult for users to make use of alternative browsers in the TIFKAM interface. Once you open one browser, all subsequent browsers are forced to open as 'desktop' applications, and not as a TIFKAM app.
SYNACK (17th March 2014)
I think they will have to slowly roll it back..they've already backtracked and in 8.1 allow users to disable it without using third party software after initially refusing to do so..even after the huge outcry from many users.
IMO Metro (which is basically an android imitation) is best suited for mobile devices; surface..etc. Also attempting to force it on users will only backfire.
I think they'll eventually do what they should have done from the start: give users the option to switch between the old start menu and the metro interface.
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