Can Windows Phone 7 survive without Firefox Mobile?

Can Windows Phone 7 survive without Firefox Mobile?
Christopher Blizzard, Mozilla's Director of  Developer relations, recently re-confirmed that his company's Firefox mobile browser will not be developed for the Windows Phone 7 platform. According to Blizzard, Microsoft wanted the browser to be made available via Windows Marketplace for Mobile and where the Redmond based firm could have veto power over the software. Blizzard said, "They're gonna ship some version of IE which is gonna be terrible..." The executive also said, "We were going to do Windows Mobile because Windows Mobile needed a good browser, but they (Microsoft) shut down their platform." For the record, Windows Phone will have some good browsers available for the OS. Skyfire and Opera are two outstanding third party browsers that will give IE a run for its money. Skyfire has been downloaded more than 500,000 times in the Android Market, as we reported, and says that video looks better on its browser than it does on flash. And as we informed you, Opera Mini for the iPhone was downloaded about 2.6 million times this past April alone. While both of those platforms are obviously not Windows Phone 7, if the pair can rack up such numbers while going up against such competition as the stock Android browser and mobile Safari respectively, the lack of having Firefox as an option should not hurt Windows Phone 7 in any way.

source: WMExperts

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8 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1428; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I don't think Windows 7 will survive very long with the current look of it. It reminds of me late 80's CGA/EGA graphics.

8. joe unregistered

"I don't think Windows 7 will survive very long with the current look of it. It reminds of me late 80's CGA/EGA graphics. " LOL! Then you're a blind idiot. Because WP7's look spanks the hell out of iOS and Android, with their gaggle of stupid looking app icons.

2. uk786

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

Oh well, competition is great for us consumers! This will lead to more innovation and manufactures will try and improve their offerings to outshine those of the competitors such as Symbian and Android.

3. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

i wonder what the feasibility of flashing a kin device to win 7 is? I wouldnt mind picking up a kin2 if this were the case.

4. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

internet explorer runs faster on my PC then google chrome does. i live in the country side. I used speedtest.net for both browsers and pinged them off the same server. same test came back all three times. IE faster then chrome by 2 seconds.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I find it hard to believe this - unless you have a new PC with 8GB of RAM - I have an older HP ATHLON 64 model that has 1GB RAM, and 1.5GB RAM external from a sdCARD and both firefox and google chrome run a lot faster as a browser than IE. IE takes a while to load and it slows down the whole computer, while I can run 2 instances of firefox at once and still open multiple tabs per browser session, and can surf a lot faster than I ever could with IE. I know IE9 is coming out and I could still care less...FIREFOX and GOOGLE CHROME are by far better browsers - just ask my facebook bots...

6. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

i have a dual core 2.2 ghz HP with 4 gigs of 888 mhz of ram. nearest server to me is 150 miles. i use comcast.

7. wade1968

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 12, 2010

my speed is suppose to be 2 times more then i am getting with my ISP provider. comcast, not very fantastic.

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