Firefox 4 beta unveils multitouch

The latest beta for Firefox 4 includes multitouch features for Windows 7.

The third beta of the next version of Mozilla’s browser includes the API to support touch gestures so users can interact with the web using only their fingers.

“This means that regular webpages are capable of using multitouch input, allowing web developers to create new interactive experiences for their websites,” noted Mozilla developer Felipe Gomes in a blog post.

At the moment, the touch system only works with Windows 7.

The beta also brings an update to the C++ representation of JavaScript, allowing it to “execute heavy, numeric code more efficiently,” said Firefox director Mike Beltzner in a post in the Mozilla blog.

“This sort of code is used to produce smooth, streamlined graphics in modern web applications,” Beltzner added.

Previous betas have revealed Firefox 4 will feature a new user interface, crash protection for third-party plugins, and accelerated hardware support.

Read more: Firefox 4 beta unveils multitouch | News | PC Pro

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