After last week demonstration by Mozilla showing the Unreal Engine 4 running in their Firefox browser. Mozilla has this week surprisingly announced that they are pulling the plug on the development of a Firefox Metro browser for Windows 8.
Even after releasing a beta version of the Metro Firefox Windows 8 browser, Mozilla has this week revealed that there are just not enough testers using the new browser on the platform for them to justify developing and releasing a full version of Firefox Metro Windows 8 app.
Mozilla explained that they have never seen more than 1,000 active daily users for Firefox Windows 8. Firefox Vice President Johnathan Nightingale explains :
“This leaves us with a hard choice. We could ship it, but it means doing so without much real-world testing. That’s going to mean lots of bugs discovered in the field, requiring a lot of follow up engineering, design, and QA effort.
To ship it without doing that follow up work is not an option. If we release a product, we maintain it through end of life. When I talk about the need to pick our battles, this feels like a bad one to pick: significant investment and low impact.”
For more information on the cancellation of the Firefox Windows 8 Metro browser jump over to the Mozilla website for details.
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