Expected to hit the release channel in late January
Over the weekend, Mozilla pushed a new build of Firefox to the Aurora channel. Built from the ground up for Microsoft’s Windows 8 Modern UI, this pre-beta build brings with it, among other things, a tile-based Firefox Start experience.
This touch-friendly Firefox build also supports Windows 8 touch and swipe gestures, Snapped and Fill views, and Windows Share integration, the open-source outfit said in a blog post Saturday. While the new interface is said to be more “streamlined, modern and beautiful”, not a lot has changed under the hood.
“To test it out, first make sure that Firefox Aurora is your Windows 8 default browser. Then visit the Windows Start screen (if you’re on Windows 8) to locate the Firefox Aurora tile. Visit the All Apps screen if you’re on Windows 8.1 where you can locate the Firefox Aurora tile and pin it to the Windows Start screen.”