Mozilla has been hard at work on a Modern UI version of its Firefox web browser since March 2012. Today, Firefox for Windows 8 Touch reached beta status—and Mozilla is inviting folks to give it a try.
By the looks of it, Firefox for Windows 8 Touch has all the trimmings of a modern, tablet-friendly browser. The cursory feature list in Mozilla's announcement mentions touch and swipe gestures, support for snapping Firefox next to other Modern UI apps, tile-based bookmark and tab selection, and integration with Windows 8's Share charm. Based on the screenshot above, it looks like Mozilla has toned down the curviness of the Australis user-interface compared to its first Modern UI preview.
You can grab the beta version of Firefox for Windows 8 Touch right here on Mozilla's website. If it's anything like past nightlies, you'll have to set it as your default browser for the Modern UI interface to become accessible. A list of release notes can be perused here, as well.