Mozilla's tablet-friendly version of Firefox for Windows 8 is coming together, and an early public build of the browser is now available.
Mozillas tablet-friendly version of Firefox for Windows 8 is coming together, and an early public build of the browser is now available.
Its obviously still a work-in-progress theres no documentation, and some vital functions (such as mouse-wheel support) do not work. Still, its enough to get a feel for how Firefox will work on the dont call it Metro side of Windows 8.
New tabs in Firefox for Windows 8 offer a three-column view of bookmarks, recent history, and download, presented as rectangular icons consistent with the Windows interface. On top, theres a unified bar for URLs and searches.
Once youve navigated to a Web page, Firefox switches to a full-screen view. From here, you must right-click to bring up the address bar, and right-click again to show all open tabs. (I havent tried this on a tablet, but I assume there are corresponding swipes to bring up these menus.) Dont fret, though you can configure the browser to show the address bar and all tabs at all times.
Right-clicking also brings up a few other options in a menu bar at the bottom of the screen. Here, you can jump to the downloads list, find a word on the page, open a page on the desktop, zoom in or out, create a bookmark, or pin the page to the Start screen.
This early build of Firefox does support sharing through the Charms bar in Windows 8, so its easy to pass a link along to your Twitter or Facebook app of choice. Windows 8s universal search function is not yet supported.
Though this is an early build, its showing a lot of promise. I like the flexibility that allows you to switch between fullscreen and tabbed views, and the conformance to Windows 8 design aesthetics. So far, Firefox does a better job of bridging the tablet-desktop gap than does the early version of Google Chrome we saw back in June.
Theres no word on when the final version will be available, but hopefully a more usable version will be ready by the time Windows 8 ships on October 26. In the meantime, you can try the build from downloadcrew.com. When you open it for the first time, set it as the default browser, and a Nightly icon will appear on the Windows 8 Start screen.
This story, "First Look: Firefox for Windows 8 beta" was originally published by PCWorld.
In some ways, Google is like every other large enterprise. It had the typical defensive security...
The university's hijacked vending machines and 5,000 other IoT devices were making seafood-related DNS...
The U.S. government reportedly pays Geek Squad technicians to dig through your PC for files to give to...
Almost 20 years ago, Chris Wysopal was among a group of hackers who testified before U.S. Congress,...
Verizon’s recently released its annual breach report that examines some of its cases where the RISK...
Prolonged sitting is part of the job for many people in the tech world. Walking meetings can help...
The increased use of mobile devices in the enterprise means IT must pay close attention to security and...