Today, Mozilla team provided more details about the upcoming Firefox build for Windows 8 Metro. Initially, the Metro version would not support add-ons and use a different user profile than the desktop version. In simple words, there will be two different user profiles with separate sets of browsing data like bookmarks, saved passwords etc. The Mozilla developers are working on a way to implement local synchronization of data between the two profiles.
Highlights of the Firefox Metro are native PDF.js based PDF reader, ‘view this page on desktop‘ functionality (similar to the Internet Explorer Metro version), Windowless Flash and asynchronous file pickers as required by WinRT.
Other important features successfully implemented are crash reporting, several keyboard shortcuts and many front-end related optimizations. The preview build of Firefox Metro is expected to release in the next month with primary browser UI for navigation and tabs.
On the other hand, Microsoft has decide to completely drop the term “Metro” due to certain copyright conflicts. The company has decide to replace the term with “Windows 8 design” and “Modern UI”. Moreover, MS has restricted the apps hosted on Windows Store from using the word ‘metro’.