Firefox for Windows Mobile put on hold for foreseeable futurehttp://www.mobilecomputermag.co.uk/news/100324/firefox-for-windows-mobile-put-on-hold-for-foreseeable-future
Windows Mobile users still waiting for the release of Firefox Mobile are going to be disappointed — Mozilla has halted development of its ‘Fennec’ web browser for the platform.
The news comes from the blog of Firefox developer Stuart Parmenter, who cites the inability to transfer the current project to the new Windows Phone 7 platform as the reason to put it on ice.
Microsoft’s new smartphone operating system doesn’t support native applications, only those created using the XNA game development environment and .NET. Applications written for Windows Mobile 6.x are, of course, incompatible with Windows Phone 7.
So, since Windows Mobile will become all but a dead operating system come the end of the year (when WP7 is due to launch) and with no easy way to re-use the work done so far on Fennec, it’s the end of the line for the project on this platform.
"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."
We first wrote about Fennec for Windows Mobile just over two years ago and while there still isn’t a final version of the web browser, usable beta versions have been available for some time.