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.

114 thoughts on “Stopping Development for Windows Mobile

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    1. dtrick

      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.

      Reply
  2. Hugh Isaacs II

    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).

    Reply
  3. Colby Russell

    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.

    Reply
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  5. mausmalone

    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.

    Reply
  6. Mark Erikson

    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.

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  8. John McDougald

    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.

    Reply
  9. max

    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 :-(

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  13. sukru

    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 :)

    Reply
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  16. mscdex

    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.

    Reply
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  41. planetarian

    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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  69. FireStorm

    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 :/

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  74. Phil

    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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  90. Michael Chaney

    “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!

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  93. Ekre

    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.

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  105. dominic renton

    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.

    Reply

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