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Firefox 4 Beta Gets Multi-Touch

Andy Vandervell


Firefox might have lost some of its mind share to Google Chrome (see: 15 Best Chrome Extensions), but the fox from Mozilla continues to fight back. As evidenced by the addition to the Firefox 4 Beta, which became available for download back in June, of multi-touch support.

As the video above demonstrates, the functionality is potentially very powerful, particularly when used in conjunction with HTML5. It's still up to website designers to create pages that support such touch operation, however, so if you've got a multi-touch all-in-one PC then the Firefox 4 Beta won't suddenly transform your web experience.

At present it's also limited to Windows 7 users; Mac users are denied. This may seem odd considering Apple's advocacy of multi-touch, as seen in the Magic Trackpad. However, unlike Macs where multi-touch is limited to the touchpad, there are many touchscreen Windows PCs and Windows 7 does support multi-touch, making the decision less insane than you might initially think.

via Mashable


August 12, 2010, 2:53 pm

That is all fine and dandy, but what use is it to me when Firefox 4 still doesn't recognise when I press "Enter" or click the blue arrow in the address bar? I cannot visit websites and I don't understand why that is. It is still a beta, yes, but this is the most important feature of a web browser, is it not?

Denis iii

August 12, 2010, 4:50 pm

mozilla is awesome :) chrome sucks balls, opera has to much stuff, safari to much apple pretty pretty bling bling but mmm firefox ftw :)

@Armin: i'm sure they'll add voice commands which'd be epic.


August 12, 2010, 5:30 pm

That would be great, Denis_iii. That way I could actually use Firefox 4, buggy as it is currently. That is, unless voice commands were buggy too. I don't want to use a search engine to get to every single website I want to go to.


August 12, 2010, 11:19 pm

Firefox 4 is close to becoming my favourite browser again, but with the new 6 beta, Chrome has just jumped into the lead again. (Any chance of a news item on Chrome 6 reaching beta status?).


August 13, 2010, 7:33 pm

@Pbryanw coincidentally Chrome 6 just entered beta: http://arstechnica.com/web/...

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