Mozilla will release a version of its Firefox browser compatible with the Metro environment in Windows 8 on 10 December, according to notes published on the MozillaWiki site used by developers.
The long-awaited version of Firefox, which has been in development for at least a year, was disclosed in online notes following a planning meeting that took place last week. The notes indicate that Firefox Metro is due for release on 10 December, along with Firefox version 26.
A version of Firefox capable of running in both the Metro user interface and the legacy desktop environment under Windows 8 was mooted at least as early as March 2012. An early preview version was released in October last year, just before Windows 8 was officially launched.
At the time, both Mozilla and Google were complaining about the difficulty of building a browser to run in both environments, as Microsoft's native Internet Explorer for Windows 8 is able to do. Since then, Mozilla has largely been quiet about the project, although development work has clearly been proceeding in the background.
When questioned by V3 in January, Mozilla said that it intended its Metro-capable Firefox to be delivered as a single executable file that would also run on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. The fact that Mozilla's planning notes refer to the browser being released on 10 December "with Firefox 26" makes it unclear at the moment whether this is still the case.
The notes also reveal that a Windows Aurora Firefox build will be publicised as the Metro Preview Release when available, and that a beta of Metro Firefox is set to be made available to testers on 28 October.
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