Mozilla announced in early 2012 that they will be developing a Modern UI version of Firefox on Windows 8. After almost two years since the announcement, the product is now scheduled to be released to the general public in March 2014. Earlier it was planned to include this new modern version with the release of Firefox 27, but it is now delayed to release it with Firefox 28. Mozilla still feels that they are few bugs to be fixed before it can released to the general public. Currently, Internet Explorer is the only browser that Windows 8 ModernUI users can enjoy. And this situation will soon change with the release of Firefox for Modern UI. Are you looking forward to it? Source: Mozilla Wiki via: Neowin ...

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Over the past few months, Microsoft has been working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to develop Windows Store apps for the enterprise.  On July 1, the company announced our ISV Program, AppsForSurface, which provides devices and funding for app design intended to get key enterprise apps on Surface and Windows 8.  Microsoft has announced new participants to the program: SAP: SAP is a market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and industries run better.  Rustum Broacha, VP of Ecosystems & Channels with SAP said, “Our partnership through the AppsforSurface program builds on the SAP tradition of delivering innovation to our enterprise customer base, and, together with our SAP Mobile Platform and Afaria solutions, it provides a strong foundation for enterprise mobile computing.  We look forward to helping our customers fully leverage the capabilities of SAP’s apps on Windows 8 and Surface, to enable their business to ...

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In an unsurprising move Mozilla has decided to delay the release of Metro Firefox to January 2014.  The company cited “slower than expected progress” as the primary reason. “The goal of the Metro Preview Release is to gather feedback and defects from the larger Aurora community,” Mozilla said in notes published on its website from a planning meeting last Wednesday. “Whether or not the Metro Preview Release will graduate from Aurora to Beta and Release channels is still to be determined. At a minimum, it should significantly increase the number of testers and feedback.”  ”The decrease in average team velocity over the two previous iterations positions Metro for a Firefox 27 release on January 21, 2014,” the meeting notes stated. The release of Metro Firefox has already been delayed a number of times and has now been in development for over a year.  I suspect I’ll be writing a post ...

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Microsoft has released its second major update to the Metro Lync App.  For those not familiar with Lync, think of it as Skype for the enterprise.  Here is what’s new: Access more about your meetings — Use the new Meetings screen to view details about all your meetings for the current and next day, and, when more than one meeting is scheduled for the same time, to choose which meeting to join. You can still join your next meeting from the Join Lync Meeting tile on the home screen. Do more with the snapped view — Make calls, view contact information, start and have conversations, and see contacts’ presence all while working on other apps. Join meetings anonymously — Join a Lync Meeting from the Lync app even if your credentials don’t work for that meeting or if you don’t have a Lync account.  Browse someone else’s shared slides — ...

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Piktr is now available on the Windows Store. What is Piktr? Piktr is a third party Instagram client for the Windows Store. When I was deciding on what my next project I should be; I took a look at the state of the Windows Store and decided that a well written Instagram client was sorely lacking. What makes Piktr so special? Attention to detail. Piktr does not compromise. I took special care to keep performance, design, and thoughtful features are the core of Piktr. I’ve made it extremely simple to connect with others and stay up to date with your feeds. Piktr is now available for all to download on the Windows Store. Download by clicking here (Windows 8/RT users only): Whats next for Piktr? I will be providing a set of updates for Piktr over the next few weeks to add additional functionality and act on feedback from users. ...

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Forget double-sided tiles.  Microsoft thinks Windows 8 users should be able to twist and turn their tiles in up to 3 dimensions, and even have cylindrical tiles. In their patent the sides of the boxes could show more information about notifications, such as the subject line of a newly received email or a full text messages. The several sides of the boxes would allow more information to be shows. The rotating tiles can also be used to reveal menus e.g for a music controls. The patents were filed in Q2 2012 and granted in Q3 2012, so may show up in some future version of Windows. Read more detail at Patentbolt.com Thanks V4X22ndNov for the tip. ...

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Mozilla has continued with their efforts to develop for Windows 8 by releasing the first version of Firefox Metro.  This version of Firefox runs on x86 Windows 8 in both the classic Windows environment and the new ‘Metro’ environment.  Users running the 64-bit RTM release of Windows 8 can download a nightly build of Mozilla Firefox from the Elm development branch, which is the experimental repository in which most of the ‘Metro’ development work has occurred.  Similarly to the Firefox Nightly channel, this repository produces nightly builds.  These builds self-update, allowing you to track Metro Firefox development.  The preview of the browser includes a new Metro-style Firefox Start page, Metro touch and swipe gestures, support for Firefox sync, integration with Windows 8 ‘charms’ and Australis interface.  Mozilla promises extra features over upcoming weeks and months, including: tightened up Windows integration, improved performance and responsiveness and tying together any loose ends ...

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The Metro Design language is quickly spreading across various product groups in Microsoft. We have seen them in upcoming Windows 8, Windows Server versions as well. Now even Microsoft’s Windows Live web services will be redesigned with Metro design. Windows Live services include Hotmail,SkyDrive, Calender, People, etc,. As we already have Metro versions of these services in Windows 8, we won’t be surprised if Microsoft carries forward the same to web versions as well. Check out the image leaked by technoblog above. Source: Liveside.net ...

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I know many of you won’t believe the title but yes, It is true. He did that in a interview with Joshua Topolsky of This is My Next.  Its a long interview about Android UX story, I just took an excerpt from the interview on which he discusses Windows Phone and iOS. He compared iOS and Windows Phone’s Metro UI as faux wood paneling trend, and the airport lavatory signage trend. I can’t stop laughing after reading his comments today morning. I just want to know what would he then call his own Android UX so far ?? I don’t want to comment on his views since I’m not a expert UX designer like him. “Across the board Google and Android is taking design a lot more seriously,” Matias says, and points out that Roboto is used throughout the system. “There’s this thing that’s happening right now in user interface design that ...

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The Metro Design language which started with Windows Media Center in now influencing Zune media players, Zune desktop client, Windows Phones, Xbox dashboard and now Windows 8. The touch UI of Windows Phone with Metro design has a story behind it. Watch it in the video above. Sam Moreau, Principal UX Designer for Windows, joined me at \\Build on Day 2 to talk about the Metro Windows 8 UI. Where did swiping from the edges come from? What is the idea behind Charms? How do you swipe through apps backwards? Should every application migrate to a Metro style over time? Where should developers who are new to Metro start? We cover all of these and more. Source: Channel 9 ...

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When Microsoft demonstrated Windows 8 at BUILD they showed some small apps, but the larger Windows Live Essential apps, like Windows Live Movie Maker and Live Writer was conspicuously missing. It turns out there is a reason why – the apps have not been created yet, but at least this job posting, noticed by LiveSide.net, shows that Microsoft is intending to develop Metro style Live Essentials apps. We are seeking a great developer who will help build the next generation of touch-oriented photo/video experiences for consumers. You will be working with an experienced group of developers with a successful track record of building new experiences such as those found in Photo Gallery, Movie Maker and Writer. You will be expected to contribute to the development and implementation of the technical direction for the team. We look forward to seeing what a Metro version of Live Writer, an app we use ...

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Robbert Doelwijt likes Windows 8, but he thinks there could be some improvements to the user interface. He writes: A few days ago at Microsoft’s BUILD event, a developer preview of Windows 8 was released. I installed it as soon as I could, and played around with it. Their touch-first mentality was noticable at first glance. In the videos I saw on the web Windows 8 seemed to be a breeze to use on tablet-like devices, but Microsoft kept saying that it would still be usable with your mouse and keyboard setups. While you can use the operating system with your keyboard and mouse, to me the controls suck. Windows 8 has a lot of potential, but some of the features just don’t work on desktops. I’ve made a video showcasing some of the improvements I would make to Windows 8, in order for it to work both on tablet-like ...

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The biggest concern desktop and laptop users have about Windows 8 is losing the simple and efficient usability of the old start menu, which has frankly just improved over time. Vhanla has created a simple tool which allows a user to easily switch between Windows 8 old Start Menu and Windows Metro Style start screen. The tool hides in the notification area, simply modifies a key in the registry and then restarts Explorer. The app features: Runs at start-up, so you can change anytime you want Hides on system tray (notification area) Special button to only enable/disable old windows start menu (keeps ribbon explorer), requires admin privileges Read more about the app and find the download at DeviantArt here. ...

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If you are one among the million people who downloaded Windows 8 Developer Preview build, then this simple tool might help you. Metro UI Tweaker allows you to tweak Metro UI in Windows 8 such as enabling classic Start menu, etc. It allows you to do the following, Disable Metro Start Menu: Disables only Metro Start Menu Screen. This function requires editing a System File. It does not remove the file. Disable Metro Ribbon: Disables only the Metro Ribbon UI. This function I discovered myself. It requires Taking Ownership of a System File. It does not remove this file. Disable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Disables the Metro Start Menu UI, Ribbon UI, MetroTask Manager UI and the Lock Screen. Enable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Re-enables all available Metro UI options. Add Power Options to the Metro Start Menu Screen: Logoff, Switch User, Lock, Sleep, Restart and Shutdown Add any Application/File to the Metro UI ...

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As BUILD conference got over, some(most??) of you might have missed many sessions, because the four days have been packed full of no.of great sessions. Topics from “Create experiences that span devices” to “Connecting printing devices to Windows using v4 printer drivers” and lots more.. Almost 250 sessions took place and the cool thing from Microsoft is that all of those sessions are now online for our viewing pleasure in variety of different formats. You can download them to view on your Windows Phones or stream them as high quality videos on your PC’s. Even the slides used by speakers are available for download. How cool?? Spend your free time this week to watch all these stuff. There are many great stuff in these sessions. ...

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Neowin forums user  Panda X  have developed a tutorial to change background image of x64 builds of Windows 8.Why only x64? x86 tutorial is still under development ! ! Tutorial: How to get started with customizing the Metro Start Screen | Panda X 1. Download a hex editor. I chose HxD (http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/) 2. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\ 3. In the Ribbon click File > Open Command Prompt > Open Command Promt as Administrator 4. Type the following in CMD; takeown /f uxtheme.dll icacls uxtheme.dll /grant Administrators:F 5. Copy uxtheme.dll to the deskop. 6. Open your hex editor and open uxtheme.dll 7. Go to the hex location as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ by hitting Ctrl+G (Might be different in your program) 8. Make sure your hex editor is set to OVERWRITE and NOT insert. 9. Replace the colors as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ with your own. ...

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