Mozilla Halts Firefox Development for Windows Mobile

In the past, Mozilla had released Firefox Mobile for Maemo platform and was also reported working on a version for Windows mobile. But now it has officially confirmed that for the time being, it is halting the Firefox development for Windows mobile. The decision came because of Microsoft’s move to continue further in future with Windows mobile 7 and not Windows mobile 6.5.

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This is the official statement from Stuart Parmenter, Mozilla mobile team technical lead:

While we think Windows Phone 7 looks interesting and has the potential to do well in the market, Microsoft has unfortunately decided to close off development to native applications. Because of this, we won’t be able to provide Firefox for Windows Phone 7 at this time. Given that Microsoft is staking their future in mobile on Windows Mobile 7 (not 6.5) and because we don’t know if or when Microsoft will release a native development kit, we are putting our Windows Mobile development on hold.

It is evident from the statement that Mozilla has put Firefox Mobile for Windows platform on hold, until the mobile development team at Mozilla gets a proper native development kit. Hopefully, until then Mozilla has plans to concentrate more on Android and Maemo platforms.

Source: neowin

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