March 17, 2012, 7:48 AM —
A Mozilla engineer says development of a touch-centric version of Firefox for Windows 8 has begun in earnest and also highlighted a few interesting details about Web browsing in Windows 8.
A proof of concept version of Firefox for Windows 8 is scheduled to be up and running before the summer, and a beta version is scheduled to be ready during the second half of 2012, according to Mozilla's Firefox roadmap.
To be clear, Mozilla doesn't have anything close to a working browser for users to try out yet. Right now, Firefox on Windows 8 is just a basic application that can launch, but doesn't have any actual Web browsing capabilities, according to a blog post by Brian Bondy, a Firefox platform engineer.
Metro-style Enabled Desktop Browsers
Once it's ready, Firefox on Windows 8 will belong to a new class of apps called Metro-style enabled desktop browsers. Basically, this means that you only have to install Firefox once and it will be available as both a desktop and touch-friendly Metro-style app. Bondy believes this will allow Mozilla to offer a powerful Metro version of Firefox that is equal to the "classic Desktop browser."