Mozilla releases Firefox preview for Windows 8; try out the pre-beta today

Firefox Aurora

Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, has announced that a version of their web browser is now available for download and features optimization for Windows 8 tablets. It is important to note that the download is a preview and may contain bugs alongside its enhancements. This is after we learned that the company would be delaying the release until 2014.

The new preview is codenamed "Aurora" and supports Firefox Sync along with "Windows 8 touch and swipe gestures, snapped and full views, and Windows Share integration". The browser continues to use the Gecko engine to render webpages when browsing. The Gecko engine has support for WebGL, asm.js, hardware accelerated HTML5 multimedia and more.

If you want to test out the browser, download it here from Mozilla’s website. Next, make sure to set Firefox Aurora as your default browser and pin it to your Start screen.

Have fun testing out Firefox for Windows 8 and if you find any bugs, you can submit them to Mozilla by clicking here.

Source: Mozilla; via Neowin



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kwajr says:

No chance of an rt version?

reprod3 says:

An RT version would need to come from the Store, which means it would need to be reviewed and published. I dont know if this complies with the MS Store policy since it is still in beta.

topleya says:

Alpha actually

cjallan417 says:

I was gonna ask this as well because someone brought it up in the Surface AMA on Reddit.  If I understand correctly though, Mozilla is making a Modern UI app (Windows 8 and Windows RT) that will come eventually. This beta version is downloadable to the desktop and therefore not for RT. Is that an accurate understanding?

x I'm tc says:

Never for RT. Can't run compiled applications.

Nik Rolls says:

It can if they're compiled for ARM and signed by Microsoft.

Vistaus says:

If you use the jailbreak script you can.

Also submit feedback to help development of features performance and bugs in browser feedback center!

Awesome wuuhuu, nimow bring it on windows phone

rodneyej says:

Now you can watch all of your female porn sites... Meaning pics/video of men..............

rodneyej says:

Long story short.. NIST just came out the closet..

JKOgden says:

What about WP8?

MrHeckles85 says:

It always starts the Desktop Version, even if i start it from the metro screen. Any advice?

You have to set it as the default internet browser, then it will open as the metro app.

MrHeckles85 says:

Thanks, i did that. But it still doesn't open the metro app version. BTW it is the same with internet explorer.

Jones133 says:

I'm in the same boat, I am not sure if this is just a desktop browser with some W8 features, or a new metro browser.

link68759 says:

Is this different from the one that's been out for a while? I tried several weeks ago and it seemed more like a pre alpha than a beta. Also the whole "set as default to get the touch interface" is dumb on internet explorer's part and it's still dumb now that Firefox is doing it.

x I'm tc says:

Windows 8 limitation. Not a FF thing, I think.

Jazmac says:

I suspected as much.  it can sit till next year. IE is fine

Binson#WP says:

Hmm, is this a Modern/Metro app?  I fail to see the point of a Windows 8 specific Firefox if that's not the case.  i went to the link and it's an exe. 
If I'm wrong, can someone please enlighten me on what the purpose of a non-modern Windows 8 specific Firefox is?

kwajr says:

Touch friendly

nizzon says:

Yeah this sure was a letdown. I was expecting a metro app.

I have to say it's really annoying that only one browser is allowed to open as a metro app.

Ticomfreak says:

IE is actually faster. Sad.

lancguy says:

What is so sad about IE being faster? I'd say that Microsoft is doing something right.

Mouthsmasher says:

If only we could get some Google Chrome support on WP8 and WindowsRT

Ordeith says:

If only Chrome was about supporting something more than locking people into the Google flytrap.

jabtano says:

Sorry right now IE is much better with Win8 but then I've been using nothing but IE metro.

rodneyej says:

It needs more file support.. All my online porn won't play... Am I doing something wrong...

Schikitar says:

You're holding it wrong...

rodneyej says:

Ok Jobs.... Lol❕

mdram says:

You can also download the nightly's version...

rodneyej says:

This is huge news.. I'm surprised there's not more comments.... No sarcasm..

useme2useyou says:

No RT version... What's the point then? :-S

Ordeith says:

Does it have Pointer Events yet or is Mozilla still taking their orders from Mountain View?

Sp12er says:

Already using Aurora for my W7, for 2 years...

oscargodson says:

Gah, got all excited it was Windows Phone 8 only to realize Win8. Why is there Win8 (and Xbox) news on Windows Phone Central :(

OK, so I just installed this and opened up the Metro/Modern app. The scrolling is reeeally really weird and jerky. Is this happening to anybody else?

Provide feedback to Mozilla please at the feedback center about how it sucks and barely useful with no features they would appreciate it so the browser can improve provide it at the feedback center its what I am doing

vkelkar says:

Now vlc strike in

sashabeep says:

Any news about Windows Phone version?.. Render engine is not so important... Sync needed

DJCBS says:

If I recall correctly, Microsoft doesn't allow other browsers on WP apart from IE. You can have search engines (you have a Google app) but you can't have browsers. So no Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc.

sashabeep says:

LOL. Just search for "browser" in store :) Chrome for iOS works the same, via webview

fdruid says:

I've been using it for some time (or rather, having the option to use it alongside the desktop one) in the Nightly channel of Firefox, the 64 bit version. It's pretty cool, I wish I had it in my Surface RT.