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Mozilla has released a Firefox browser for Windows 8 touch tablets, so if you own such a tablet, you can now download the beta, Aurora or Nightly version, test it out for bugs and send feedback back to Mozilla.
Being designed for touch tablets, this version of Firefox is specifically optimised as a tile-based browser. So it’s a lot different from what you may be used to. However, it has access to some familiar Firefox features such as Top Sites, Bookmarks, and History, and all you need to do is tap once on the screen to get there. The Awesome Bar is also there to give you some feeling of familiarity as you browse.
The beta browser also supports Touch and Swipe gestures including ‘pinch to zoom’, whether to make an app full-screen or “snapped” to one side of the screen, and easy website sharing to your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, and so on).
But what really makes this browser stand out are those tiles. Now you can rely on those big beautiful clear images to guide you on your web surfing. From now on, browsing will be image-based, rather than text-based.
If you’re interested in being a beta tester, it’s easy to get a hold of the browser. If you’re on Windows 8, visit the Windows Start screen to locate the Firefox tile. On Windows 8.1, visit the All Apps Screen, locate the tile there and pin it to your start screen.