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[TC] Mozilla Cancels Firefox For Metro

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Title continued: Cites Fewer Than 1,000 Daily Active Users "Mozilla today announced that it will halt development of its Firefox for Windows 8 Metro browser after about a year and a half of development."



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not surprised, afterall the australis theme for regular firefox arrives 3 years later than initially planned biggrin.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MacG32 View Post

Title continued: Cites Fewer Than 1,000 Daily Active Users "Mozilla today announced that it will halt development of its Firefox for Windows 8 Metro browser after about a year and a half of WASTED development TIME."

FTFY.
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Not surprised, I have a windows 8 tablet and I never use metro for any reason. Desktop browser is quicker and easier even with a touchscreen.
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Not surprised at all. thumb.gif
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Not surprised, I have a windows 8 tablet and I never use metro for any reason. Desktop browser is quicker and easier even with a touchscreen.
It is a shame really, because the interface is actually easier to use with touch, but it is so far from the way that people are accustomed to operating a browser, that it is about as comfortable as trying to use a dvorak keyboard after typing on qwerty for 20 years.
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Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post

Not surprised, I have a windows 8 tablet and I never use metro for any reason. Desktop browser is quicker and easier even with a touchscreen.
Disagree with your assessment completely. In fact I find it amazing that someone with a tablet would prefer to use the browser that's actually harder to use with a touch screen.

The metro version of ie is the easiest to use by far with a tablet. In metro ie you can go forward and back a page simply by swiping left and right. In desktop ie you have to tap small buttons on a toolbar designed for a mouse. I would hate if desktop ie was all I could use with my tablet.

Also if Mozilla didn't make it a hassle to try out their browser and spent more time making it not run like dog excrement in metro, people like me wouldn't feel that metro ie is the only real choice. Same goes for Chrome in that regard.
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Figures... i really i hated developing for Metro. Its not bad if its a self contained app, but if they wanted to do extensions and other little things, you need to hack around Microsoft security stuff and you constantly have to ask them if this is an OK solution, otherwise they may patch the hack you used. You have to constantly find ways to hack around while hoping that Microsoft would accept one vs them giving you a way.
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