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Mozilla adds touchscreen features to Firefox for Windows 8 beta

updated 07:58 am EST, Fri February 7, 2014

Pinch to zoom, swiping navigation added to beta Firefox version

Mozilla has released a beta version of its Firefox browser, for use with touch-enabled Windows 8 systems. Teased by the company in early 2012, Firefox for Windows 8 Touch Beta is said in a company blog post to be optimized for the operating system's Metro user interface style, with the main focus of the release being its usefulness for owners of touchscreen computers, notebooks, and tablets.

Offering a tile-based start screen with quick access to bookmarks and the user's history, the beta software supports typical one-touch swipe transitions and gestures such as "pinch to zoom." The browser can be snapped to the side of the screen, just like other Metro apps, and also takes advantage of communication elements in Windows 8, allowing pages to be shared to various social networks.

Mozilla Firefox for Windows 8
Mozilla Firefox for Windows 8


Aside from the touch-based elements, the beta also includes support for the VP9 video codec, and a Gamepad API that adds support for game controllers to the browser. It is unknown how long it will be until Mozilla adds these or the Metro interface to the main Firefox release.




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