Windows 8

Firefox for Metro Planned

Interesting post over on Tom’s Hardware about Mozilla’s plan to create a special Firefox to support the upcoming Windows 8 (or whatever Microsoft ends up calling it) Metro Interface. For those not quite familiar with the planned Metro, interface it is going to very similar to the Windows 7 Phones. Mozilla plans on making a special version of Firefox that will support tablets and other touch devices running Windows 8 Metro. More details on the project “in progress”  are listed on the Mozilla wiki.

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We mentioned the Java Console Extension as one of those extensions that a program (in this case Oracle’s Java) installs into Firefox without the user’s knowledge. Unless you are a Java Developer, this extension serves no real purpose for most Firefox users. Many users find they have multiple Java Console extensions and some (or all) are disabled. However, there is no way to remove the extension(s) via the Firefox add-ons manager. A long time ago we posted on how to remove the extension and thought it may be a good idea to post it again.Especially since some users may want…

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Firefox 10 Nightly Windows Updates Resuming Soon

Automatic updates for Firefox 10 Nightly Windows (x32 and x64) builds had been temporally disabled earlier this week due to start up crashes with ‘Windows 8’ [Bug 695161]. It appears this issue has been corrected on 10/20/11 and quite possibly by the time this article is published, users will be able to update via Help > About Nightly. If the automatic updates are still not functioning you can always update manually by downloading the latest trunk build here.

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A Small Sneak Peek at ‘Windows 8’

Well, this is certainly a major change for the next Windows operating system (code name Windows 8). Yahoo! says the new user interface is a lot like that of the Windows Phone UI. Big design emphasis to run on touch-screen PCs and tablets. However, you will still be able to use the traditional keyboard and mouse. ‘Windows 8’ also uses HTML 5 and JavsScript for many of the apps. The video also talks about the upcoming IE10.  

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No IE10 for Windows Vista

It seems the preview for IE10 release by Microsoft last week will only work on Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit) and the future Windows 8. Microsoft has already shut-out Windows XP users from IE9, so now they are following suit with Vista and the future IE10. The good news here is Firefox 5 (due out in late June) will continue to support Windows Vista and (far as I know) Windows XP. Source: Seattle PI: Microsoft Blog

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