Mozilla pulls Firefox from Windows 8 Metro

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 7 months ago)

Mozilla has announced that it will be stopping any work on the Windows 8 "Metro" version of its browser, this owing to low interest. "In the months since, as the team built and tested and refined the product, we've been watching Metro's adoption. From what we can see, it's pretty flat," said Firebox VP Johnathan Nightingale in a blog post yesterday. "On any given day we have, for instance, millions of people testing pre-release versions of Firefox desktop, but we've never seen more than 1,000 active daily users in the Metro environment."

This doesn't meant that the actual traditional browser for Windows 8 will be eliminated, but the touchscreen version designed specifically for Windows 8-based tablets or touchscreen laptops. This comes as a huge blow to Microsoft, which desparately needs to revive Windows 8's touchscreen software in the wake of poor sales and a widespread loss of interest from both consumers and PC manufacturers. 

Mozilla will retain the code for the touchscreen version in case of future demand, but given current circumstances, this seems unlikely to ever happen. 

Source: Windows File Support

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