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Mozilla kills Metro version of Firefox, says shipping the browser "would be a mistake"

By Himanshu Arora ยท 13 replies
Mar 17, 2014
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  1. Just four days before it was due to ship, Mozilla has scrapped the Metro version of Firefox citing low adoption of the Windows 8 Metro interface -- which Microsoft now calls "Modern UI". Johnathan Nightingale, Mozilla's Vice President of Firefox,...

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    The product was too cumbersome to use, even if unfinished. I loaded it up several times in place of IE, but always got frustrated. Also, it's unfortunate that you can only use a metro browser if it's set as the default browser, and that problem lays with MS.
    Paul2014 likes this.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,164   +1,416

    Poor testing, lots of bugs, low number of users....sounds like www.healthcare.gov. :)

    Seriously though.. Windows needs to go talk to Google and work something out so they can use Android apps. I know that'll mess up the whole ecosystem competition of every big company trying to get every to use their own cloud stuff complete with email and the like. But Windows mobile is going to go the way of the Zune if they don't figure something out.
    Paul2014 and lmike6453 like this.
  4. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,612   +3,222

    The excuse is strange to be this far in and only to decide now. Did they not make any marketing research prior to? I think they should release it anyway. Firefox itself may fall into the realm of low-adaptation products soon, 26% and falling...
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  5. Combining 2 things that nobody wants is not usually a good idea.
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  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,584   +5,140

    Yay, Mozilla!

    Now there is a phrase I never thought I would hear myself say. After all the time I spent avoiding, switching to Firefox.
    Paul2014 likes this.
  7. Wise move by Mozilla. Windows 8 is a train wreck.
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  8. cesarc

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    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +104

    Time to start bundling
  10. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TS Booster Posts: 301   +62

    Its kind of a shame that Microsoft couldn't get good Metro apps up and working fast enough. To be honest, technology has finally caught up with Windows 8, and I'm really starting to see how it was supposed to work.

    When it first came out, the touchscreen laptops were unrefined and just drained the battery faster, so there wasn't much reason to buy them. As a result, Windows 8 was really out of place and the technology it was built for just wasn't on the market. Now, the 2-in-1 laptops in particular actually seem to work extremely well with Windows 8. I tried a few the other day, and was pleasantly surprised with how far they've come.

    Unfortunately, when so many people have already made up their minds that Windows 8 is the work of Satan, it'll be a lot harder to build support now regardless of how many issues they've fixed.
    Paul2014 and spectrenad like this.
  11. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 360   +153

    It's a shame, I recently bought a 2 in 1 laptop and I simply love it, it's the most useful tablet you can ever buy. Windows 8.1 works flawlessly on this type of device, still, the only Internet browser app I would love to use is Opera. Anyway I completely recommend a Windows 8.1 tablet, an IPad or an Android tablet is a toy compare to my Windows 8 hybrid computer.
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  12. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,397   +303

    Mozilla will always lay the blame on windows 8, as if its browser share in windows 7/vista/xp is not slipping. maybe Mozilla should release a version 'firefox xp'.
    opera is now a google chrome sibling so the browser choices are now fewer. (IE, Mozilla firefox, opera/google chrome, take your pick)
    Paul2014 likes this.
  13. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Eh, disappointing but I guess the decision was justified so I dont blame them.
  14. sergeybelsky2

    sergeybelsky2 TS Rookie

    Who uses Firefox anyway, every website today is developed for Google Chrome.

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