Report says Firefox is planning to launch Metro-UI styled browser for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 this December. But you can now try test version directly for Mozilla’s repository. With its competitors already flourishing in Windows Store (Chrome & IE11), Mozilla should come up with a really exciting interface, and they should project to make effective metro-browser.
To use Mozilla Firefox in Metro Style, you’ll need Windows 8, and should make Firefox as default browser, else it won’t work. Here’s full tutorial on how to Install new Metro Style Firefox for Windows 8.
Install Firefox Nightly and make it your default browser
Note: Firefox Nightly cannot run on Windows RT devices. And due to Microsoft’s restrictions on third-party browsers, Firefox nightly can’t be downloaded from the Windows Store at this moment.
- Visit the Nightly download website: https://nightly.mozilla.org in any browser.
- Click the “Windows Express” or “Windows Standard” link to start the download. Depending on your connection speed, the download may take a few minutes.
- After that, Start the install process by clicking “Run”:
- Then, just follow the installation steps (we’ve made the process as painless as possible).
- When you are done, Firefox Nightly will start and ask you to make it your default browser. Click Yes.
- Finally, Windows will want you to confirm that you want Nightly to open links. Select Nightly to finish setting it as your default browser.
Launch Windows 8 (Metro-style) Firefox
- From the Start screen, select the Nightly tile. It should look like a white globe on a background of stars.
- You will be taken to the new start page. Just enter a website address or search term to get started.
Troubleshooting: Make Firefox Nightly the default browser again
If for some reason, Firefox Nightly is no longer the default browser on your computer, you won’t be able to use the Metro-style Firefox. In this case the tile on the start screen will change to look like a dark blue globe on a plain blue background.
Don’t worry, you can always make Firefox Nightly the default browser again.
- Just start Nightly (it will open in the classic Windows mode) and it will ask you to make it the default browser. Click Yes.
- Confirm that you want Nightly to open links. Select Nightly and you’re back in business.
Note: Return to the Start screen to launch the Metro-style version of Nightly.
If you encounter any issues on this test version, you can claim and report bug to Bugzilla.
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