Stopping Development for Windows Mobile

We have been building a version of Firefox for Windows Mobile for quite a while, with the expectation that Microsoft would be doubling down in the mobile market and hoping that they would put out a great new mobile operating system.  We’ve been following the Windows Phone 7 announcements quite closely for the last few weeks, and had one of our developers in attendance at MIX last week.   We know that the underlying platform for Windows Phone 7 is Windows CE 6, which is a big step up from the kernel used by Windows Mobile 6.5.  Windows CE 6 is a platform that we have been developing towards, and already run well on, leaving us well positioned to have an awesome browser on Windows Phone 7.

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.

The work on this project that the community and our engineering, QA, build, and automation teams has done has been great.  I expect us to be able to use much of the knowledge and work for other platforms.  We will be disabling the builds and test automation shortly, and developers shouldn’t worry if the tree breaks.

While I hope that we do see Microsoft provide us with a way to build Firefox for Windows Phone 7, we will continue to focus on the things that we can control: building a great consumer product on both Android and Maemo.

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113 Comments on “Stopping Development for Windows Mobile”


  1. [...] platform and does not support development of native applications. For that reason, Mozilla today announced that they are stopping development of Firefox for all Windows Mobile based devices including the [...]

    • dtrick Says:

      What? How is this going to get Microsoft back in the market, its NON-app store was going to be its selling point. Its official, we are going to pay at least a dollar for everything from now on.


  2. Maybe you guys should start making a version of Firefox akin to Opera Mini.

    I know it’d be expensive to host the servers for that but there could be a work around (especially being open source).

  3. Colby Russell Says:

    Hugh Isaacs II: Fun fact: back before the (public) release of Opera Mini, pavlov himself had proposed and done work on that very concept. It was called Anya.


  4. [...] for Windows Mobile has been frozen due to lack of collaboration from Microsoft. Pavlov, in this blog post had this to say, as concerns Firefox Mobile and Windows Phone 7 While we think Windows Phone 7 looks [...]

  5. mausmalone Says:

    I would love to see a version of this on Palm WebOS. I’ve heard it called one of the friendliest mobile platforms to develop for, and the PDK is ot there for free download.

  6. Mark Erikson Says:

    Hey, there’s still a lot of us on Windows Mobile 6.5 who would appreciate continued work on Firefox Mobile! I’ve been using FxMob Alpha 4 on and off, and while it’s still very rough, it shows a lot of promise. I’ll be very disappointed if you kill it off.


  7. [...] Stuart Parmenter, from the Firefox for mobile devices team, has announced that Mozilla will stop development of Firefox for Windows Mobile, expected to be released in final form later this year. [...]

  8. John McDougald Says:

    I’ve been a user of MiniMo for years and was really looking forward to FFMobil. I am very dissappointed to say the least. I look at this as one more death nail in the coffin of the WinMo OS.

  9. max Says:

    This is very sad. Windows Mobile is now more than Windows Phone 7. I think that a lot of people will not move to Phone 7 and stay with 6.5.5 or so, and these people (including me of course) would be happy to have Firefox on their mobile device. I was really looking forward to install Firefox on my HTC :-(


  10. [...] in der Entwicklung befindliche Firefox for Windows Mobile Version wurde nämlich gestoppt. Zur Zeit gibt es einfach kein Native Development Kit für Windows 7 Phone und deshalb schauen iPhone- und Windows 7 Phone-Nutzer in die Röhre. [...]


  11. [...] dnes ústy Stuarta Parmentereho oznámila pozastavení vývoje Firefoxu pro Windows Mobile. Verze pro Windows Mobile byla vyvíjena řadu měsíců a tato [...]


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  13. sukru Says:

    There will be millions of WinMo 6.5 devices, which will not upgrade to WM7S – mine being one of them.

    While the platform has not much future, it would be nice to have Firefox on what’s left of its lifetime :)

  14. Tiamiyu Says:

    opera mini 4.2 on motorola l7

  15. mscdex Says:

    Why not continue to make a version for Windows CE 6.0 users? There’s quite a number of CE 6.0-based handhelds and netbooks out there already. This would be great to have instead of being forced to use IE6.


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  34. planetarian Says:

    So, the developers started writing in native code for CE6 with zero details of what the development platform was going to be like, then find out that the platform is SL/XNA, all in managed code, and go ‘well shit.’

    …good job!


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  56. FireStorm Says:

    I myself will NOT be going to WP7, its aimed at the same simpletons that use the iPhone/MacOS

    I value WM6/6.1/6.5 and will use it until the day I am forced to Android or Palm, so the fact you are dropping WM6/6.1/6.5 saddens me to no end…

    I recommend you to everyone, and replace IE when I can, why oh why are you going to abandon WM Professional :/


  57. [...] C# with Silverlight or XNA—the first major casualty has emerged: Firefox for Windows Mobile. Citing the inability to migrate the existing development effort to the new platform, Fennec (the mobile version of Firefox currently in development for Android and Maemo) for Windows [...]


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  61. Phil Says:

    Windows mobile was such a small market, that it didn’t make sense anyway. For the same reason, Palm/WebOS doesn’t make sense. Key development priorities should be Android, Symbian^3, and Meego.


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  63. [...] wasn’t so much a decision on Mozilla’s part, Parmenter noted yesterday, as a reluctant acceptance of the fact that it can’t be [...]


  64. [...] Stopping Development for Windows Mobile « blog.pavlov.net [...]


  65. [...] C# with Silverlight or XNA—the first major casualty has emerged: Firefox for Windows Mobile. Citing the inability to migrate the existing development effort to the new platform, Fennec (the mobile version of Firefox currently in development for Android and Maemo) for Windows [...]


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  69. RSF Says:

    So microsoft is pulling an apple? That’s too bad. Freedom matters.


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  72. [...] « Nous pensons évidemment que Windows Phone 7 est intéressant et possède un fort potentiel de réussite mais Microsoft a malheureusement décidé de fermer les développements aux applications natives. Nous ne pourrons donc pas proposer Firefox pour Windows Phone 7 et nous suspendons nos développements pour Windows Mobile », explique Stuart Parmenter, de Mozilla Mobile dans son blog. [...]

  73. D0M1N8R Says:

    come build for webos plz!!! =)
    would truly appreciate it and so would the rest of us pre/pixi owners


  74. [...] the browsing giant is throwing in the towel. Here’s what Mozilla Mobile Team Technical Lead, Stuart Parmenter had to say on his blog. “While we think Windows Phone 7 looks interesting and has the potential to do well in the [...]


  75. [...] see the blog entry by Stuart Parmenter referenced above, go here. Related [...]


  76. [...] in the mobile market and hoping that they would put out a great new mobile operating system” wrote Mozilla Mobile Team Technical Lead, Stuart [...]


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  78. Michael Chaney Says:

    “with the expectation that Microsoft would be doubling down in the mobile market and hoping that they would put out a great new mobile operating system. ”

    Pretty high expectations!

  79. Scott Slack Says:

    What’s the issue? Why must it be native? Why not build it under managed code? .NET is awesome.

  80. Ekre Says:

    damn! but why are you guys stop working on the winmo 6.x release? a lot of winmo users wont change to 7.x (just like me), winmo7 looks a step back in mobility & freedom.

  81. Ekre Says:

    im really disappointed :(


  82. [...] Citing lack of native application support on Microsoft's new smartphone platform, Mozilla has halted development for Windows Phone. Microsoft has previously announced that there will be no native applications on [...]


  83. [...] Citing lack of native application support on Microsoft's new smartphone platform, Mozilla has halted development for Windows Phone. Microsoft has previously announced that there will be no native applications on [...]


  84. [...] Parmenter在博客上解释了终止开发的原因: 出席MIX会议的Mozilla开发者了解到Windows Phone 7的底层内核是Windows CE [...]


  85. “While I hope that we do see Microsoft provide us with a way to build Firefox for Windows Phone 7, we will continue to focus on the things that we can control: building a great consumer product on both Android and Maemo.”

    Continue the great work …


  86. [...] Leader of the Mozilla Mobile team Stuart Parmenter wrote on his blog that he hopes the project can be started up again in the future: "While we think Windows Phone [...]


  87. [...] Windows mobile 7 and not Windows mobile 6.5. 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 [...]


  88. [...] though, it seems that things have gone that bit further, with Mozilla announcing in a blog posting that it will be axing the Windows Phone 7 version of Firefox [...]


  89. [...] Mozilla anunciou que vai descontinuar o desenvolvimento do Firefox para o Windows [...]


  90. [...] scheint insbesondere Microsoft ein großes Manko von Apple zu kopieren: Aufgrund einer angedachten Lock-in Strategie werden keine nativen Anwendungen mehr für WiMo Phones zugelassen. So wird es beispielsweise [...]


  91. [...] Link: Stopping Development for Windows Mobile « blog.pavlov.net [...]


  92. [...] mar, 2010 0 Commentaires Un billet sur le blog du développeur Stuart Parmenter, indique que la fondation Mozilla a annoncé l’arrêt du développement de Fennec, la version [...]

  93. dominic renton Says:

    hi, I’m using a htc hd2 and I know a lot of people who have them. not a lot of people use FireFox where i am between I go to there house I always download it for them and they instantly noticeable difference.. me and these people want you to make a browser for our htc’s and as were on 24 month contracts its not likely that we will be able to get other phones which FireFox mobile will be supported on.


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