Mozilla launches beta version of touch-enabled Firefox browser for Windows 8 and 8.1
In a move which indicates that Mozilla is apparently on track to advance its touch-enabled Firefox browser for Windows 8 and 8.1 in the direction of a final launch in March, the company has recently released a beta version of the browser.
Dubbed the 'Firefox for Windows 8 Touch' version, the touch-enabled Firefox browser for Windows 8 and 8.1 was shipped by Mozilla on Thursday as part of Firefox 28 Beta, which - along with Aurora and Release - is one of the three build channels maintained by Mozilla.
Going by the six-week schedule that has been planned by Mozilla, the Release form of Firefox 28 will be shipped on March 18. However, as of now, it is not clear whether the new touch-enabled version of the browser will be part of that promotion.
Mozilla's launch of Firefox for Windows 8 and 8.1's 'Metro' user interface (UI) has been hit by quite a few delays. If the company is successful in making the March 18 release, it would mean that crafting of the browser has taken Mozilla two years, after it first began working on a Metro edition of Firefox back in March 2012.
To put it differently, Mozilla's Metro edition of the Firefox browser for Windows 8 and 8.1 will finally be shipped 17 months after the retail launch of Windows 8, and 5 months after the release of the Windows 8.1 version!