Mozilla has finally released a beta version of its Firefox for Windows 8 Touch browser, which is ready for users to download, test and subsequently share feedback and file any bugs (hat/tip Engadget).

The beta has a new tile-based Firefox start screen with one-tap access to Top Sites, Bookmarks and History. It also supports Touch and Swipe gestures such as ‘pinch to zoom’ and one-touch swipe transitions, as well as the different viewing options on Windows — you can choose if you want to view an app full-screen, ‘snapped’ to a narrow area of the screen, or if you want it to ‘fill’ the remaining screen area.


Typical Firefox features such as the ‘Awesome Bar’ will also be available for use in the beta.

First announced in February 2012, the streamlined browser was previously slated for a December 10 release alongside Firefox 26. It was then pushed back to January 21, to coincide with Firefox 27 — and Mozilla’s latest timing has the full version landing on March 18.

➤ Firefox for Windows 8 Touch | Beta