Firefox to stop work on Windows Mobile, will concentrate on Android and Maemo platforms

Firefox to stop work on Windows Mobile, will concentrate on Android and Maemo platforms
We recently reported that an official for Mozilla had mentioned that the Android version of the browser would be ready by the end of the year. At the same time, he mentioned that the company was unsure on how to proceed with a Windows based browser. The company didn't know whether or not to continue further with an Alpha version for Windows Mobile, or to start over with a Windows Phone 7 browser. Now, Mozilla has reached a decision and it is not good news for Windows Mobile users. The reasoning is simple. Microsoft is putting all of its mobile chips on the new OS which uses Windows CE6 as its platform. Mozilla has been doing some work toward that platform and says it could produce an awesome browser for Windows Phone 7. The only problem is that Microsoft has decided to close off development for native applications for the upcoming software, which won't allow Mozilla to deliver a product for it. And with the guys in Redmond focusing on Windows Phone 7, Mozilla has decided to stop work on a Windows Mobile version of Firefox. Mozilla says that hopefully there will come a time when they can deliver Firefox for Windows Phone 7, but until Microsoft allows it, Mozilla will develop the platforms they can work on which means Firefox for Android and Firefox for Maemo will be the focus for now.

source: Blog.Pavolv.Net

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10 Comments

1. basschica

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 20, 2009

Microsoft is already trailing in the mobile market and losing ground more and more. They really shot themselves in the foot closing off dev. I'm sure Mozilla won't be the only ones to bail. I don't know anyone currently using a Windows based phone. Those that did have them have jumped ship for another format.

2. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

Microsoft is dreaming that WP7 will be selling as good as the iPhone when it first started on sale, with long wait list and huge lines of people at each apple stores. Therefore, they want everything completely new to their newest phone and OS, just like how iPhone started without much app but now 10th and 100th of thousands. I do not foresee this will happen to the WP7 and this will definitely hurt Microsoft in the long run.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The iphone didnt do anything new. It was the product of exellent advertising. You may not remember this, but the iphone when it launched was not much more than a touch screen phone with itunes support and a good web browser. Great advertising and alot of idiots made it a big hit.

5. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

iPhone did not do anything new? I find that statement incredibly ignorant... Honestly. Yes, when it was launched, it was mearly a touchscreen with iTunes integration... but the software was fast, easy and very user friendly, and the touchscreen was unlike anything ever seen on a phone. Later down the road, apps... Because of the iPhone, many many companies stepped up their game to compete. There are phones now that have much better capabilities than the iPhone. I mean look at what HTC and Sprint are Launching EVO 4G- a ridiculously powerful and beautiful piece of work. If nothing else, give Apple and the iPhone the credit it deserves as far as pushing competition.

6. scottmbolt unregistered

Sorry, but I agree with remixfa. The iPhone had been a ridiculous product of good advertising and brainless, brainwashed people being told it is cool to buy.

7. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Both Completely Irresponsible Comments. All 42 someodd Million Units sold... all these people are brainless and brainwashed? Stop drinking whatever Koolaid you two are drinking. Unbelievable. To each his own, but you can't deny what the iPhone has done for the industry. Great advertising? Yes. But is that all you are going to give it? If it is such a ridiculous product, then why the hell has it done so well? When the next one is released sometime in the near future, and it blows sales out of the water and makes all the other phone companies again step up their game, then come back and try and make brainless and brainwashed comments.

10. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

The iPhone is the reason why there are a lot more touch screen phones, more App stores, and more OS competition. Just imagine, if the iPhone wasn't released, there would probably be no Android, no Moto Droid, etc. People are just jealous of the iPhone's success, but give credit where credit is due. The iPhone caused the competition to step their game up.

4. Nobodey

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 03, 2010

How, exactly did this become about the iPhone? Back to the point, this move has got to hurt Windows Mobile's credibility. Even with what looks to be a great OS now, to have firefox shut you down is pretty knarly.

8. Dddroid

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

LOL who cares about firefox, winmo 6.5 is known to have the best browsers, opera, skyfire, ie6... We certainly wont miss firefox :)

9. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

This isn't surprising seeing as how Mozilla is heavily funded by Google. Of course they would concentrate more on the Android platform.

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