New test the Metro version of Firefox for Windows 8
The company Mozilla came to this for quite some time, however, the first Aurora version (pre-beta) Metro Firefox browser is already available for download. And although the final version will not be released before 2014, the test Assembly offers some interesting features.
With the new Metro version of its browser Mozilla is committed to present the first real alternative to the Metro-version of Internet Explorer. At first glance, to my surprise, the browser is very similar to IE10 on Windows 8, but, of course, the Firefox interface is made in a slightly different color scheme. Some of the new items that users will notice above all are two buttons (on both sides of the screen), the first of which is required to return to the previous page, and the second allows you to open a new tab. It is worth noting that they are a bit obscure to the content and even distracting – despite the fact that you can drag them up or down.
While in Internet Explorer the tabs are simply blank page in the Metro version of Firefox tabs consist of three sections: a list of your favorite sites, a short list of your bookmarks, history and recently viewed pages. All this, in my opinion, very convenient.
In this Assembly Aurora the address bar located at the bottom of the screen and open tabs in the upper part. Again, in IE it is implemented in a similar way. Next to the address bar buttons for navigation, and right of it, there are other four controls: downloads, favorites, pin to start screen and also a menu that allows you to search for the page and open the current page in the desktop version of the browser.
Using the key combination Win + I to open the settings menu Firefox. The Options key provides the ability to enable the restore last session every time the browser starts. Here you can clear browser history, cache, passwords etc. and also change the settings for Do Not Track. In addition, the Mozilla team has integrated into the browser to sync passwords, bookmarks and open tabs between all your devices. Moreover, the browser supports WebGL and hardware accelerated HTML5 video.
Because it’s not even a full beta, when using the application, you may encounter various errors, and even in the interface, you will notice any problems. For example, when scrolling web pages in the lower or the upper part of the screen appears a black stripe, which is very annoying. In addition, scrolling web pages is not as smooth as in Internet Explorer. I also noticed problems with displaying some sites. However, I’m sure Mozilla will improve your browser until the final release all is correct.
It is also important to note that at this stage the Metro version of Firefox is only available for Windows 8/8.1. Owners of tablets with Windows RT won’t be able to install this browser.
The latest version of Firefox for Windows 8 can be downloaded at this link.