By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 07, 2014 10:06 AM EST
Mozilla has officially released its Firefox for Windows 8 Touch in beta, bringing a touch-friendly browser user interface (UI) for Microsoft's OS.
The company had first released Firefox for Windows 8 Touch into its Nightly channel back in February 2013, but now the beta is available to download and test if you'd like to be one of the early adopters.
"Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta is ready for download and testing. This touch-friendly, tile-based Firefox is optimized for Microsoft's Windows 8 Modern UI and designed to ensure users get the best Firefox browsing experience possible on their Windows 8 tablets, touch-screen laptops and other compatible devices," Mozilla announced in a new blog post on Friday, Feb. 7.
As the name itself suggests, the Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta is designed to work with the Modern UI Microsoft implemented with its Windows 8 OS. Firefox' beta touch-friendly browser UI sports a new tile-based start screen along the lines of Windows 8, as well as easy one-tap access to Top Sites, Bookmarks, and History.
Users will also be able to continue using the Firefox Awesome bar, which means that the search/navigation bar will autocomplete based on their history, previous search data, and bookmarks.
The new Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta also includes several touch-based gesture features, including pinch-to-zoom and one-touch swipe transitions. Other key features Mozilla listed include:
As always with Beta releases, keep in mind that there may still be some bugs and glitches in the software, as it is not the final version. If you'd like to become one of the early adopters and test out the new touch-friendly browser, you can download the Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta at this link.