Mozilla plans to release a concept version of Firefox for Windows 8

Mozilla has announced the fact that there will be a Firefox for Metro project.

As you all know, Metro is a new Windows 8 user interface that replaces the Windows start button and menu with a grid of tiles.

“The feature goal here is a new Gecko-based browser built for and integrated with the Metro environment,” Mozilla’s planning document said, referring to the Firefox browser engine. “Firefox on Metro, like all other Metro apps will be full screen, focused on touch interactions, and connected to the rest of the Metro environment through Windows 8 contracts,” a mechanism by which one app can hand off tasks–opening a Web page or sharing a photo, for example–to another app.

Windows 8 also offers a “classic” interface for old-style apps, and Mozilla expects supporting it will be a simple update to Firefox. But supporting classic only would mean that Firefox won’t run when people are using Metro, which Microsoft is billing as core to its future.

To solve this issue, there will be a version of Firefox for the Metro desktop.

This is the second browser we know about that will be available on the new Windows 8 interface, the first being Internet Explorer 10.

Stay tuned…