Sorry Windows 8 Users: No Metro Firefox Until “Late January”

Sorry Windows 8 Users: No Metro Firefox Until “Late January”

Windows 8 has had its fair share of troubles. One of the most troublesome parts of Windows 8 has been its lack of app support.

Users won’t buy Windows 8 if it doesn’t have a lot of cool apps, and developers won’t make lots of cool apps for Windows 8 if there aren’t any users to buy them.

It’s a classic Catch 22 situation and Microsoft is desperately doing everything it can to encourage developers to create apps for the new operating system.

Firefox has been one of the last out of the gate in terms of Windows 8 adoption. Yes, Windows 8 users can enjoy Firefox in the classic desktop interface, but there is not yet a version of Firefox for Metro.

That’s not a big deal for Windows 8 users who most likely browse in the desktop mode anyway, but it’s a huge deal for Windows RT users who can’t access the desktop environment and want a browser choice that isn’t Internet Explorer.

Mozilla has talked about its Windows 8 release for quite some time but it continued to get delayed. Windows 8 was released nearly a year ago, and there’s still no version of Firefox for Windows 8.

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Earlier this summer, Mozilla finally announced that Firefox for Windows 8 was coming and that it would be available on December 10, 2013.

Today, Mozilla announced that they had once again pushed back the launch of Firefox for Windows 8 to January 21, 2014. That’s a ridiculously long time for Windows RT users to wait and I imagine quite a few of them will be upset at the changes.

It’s important to note that Mozilla didn’t just forget about developing a Metro version of Firefox. Instead, they had a preview copy available for Windows 8 before the OS was even released. For whatever reason, it’s taken 18 months for the company to release a full copy of Firefox for Metro. I think their worst employee – or most OCD employee – must be working on the copy because this is getting ridiculous.

Making the problem worse for Windows RT users is the fact that Chrome isn’t available for Windows RT either.

Sorry Windows RT users. You’re stuck with Internet Explorer for now.

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