Mozilla gives up on Metro mode Firefox

Mozilla Firefox logoJust days before it was due to be included in Firefox's stable version, Mozilla has announced that its Metro-mode shell for Firefox has been cancelled.

Vice President of Firefox Jonathan Nightingale attributed the decision to a lack of user interest in a touch friendly version of the browser for Windows 8's Metro environment. Although millions of people use prerelease versions of the desktop browser, he wrote that fewer than 1,000 used the Metro shell each day.

Mozilla gives up on Metro mode Firefox

This in turn meant that the Metro front-end was insufficiently tested, and the work to fix it would benefit few users. This was felt to be a poor use of resources, and so the project has been cancelled.

With Google using the Metro mode version of Chrome as a kind of Chrome OS workalike, rather than a touch mode, this leaves Internet Explorer as the sole finger-friendly browser for Windows 8.x.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: browsers, Firefox, Mozilla, Windows 8

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