Mozilla Delays Metro Firefox Release To Next Year

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In an unsurprising move Mozilla has decided to delay the release of Metro Firefox to January 2014.  The company cited “slower than expected progress” as the primary reason.

“The goal of the Metro Preview Release is to gather feedback and defects from the larger Aurora community,” Mozilla said in notes published on its website from a planning meeting last Wednesday. “Whether or not the Metro Preview Release will graduate from Aurora to Beta and Release channels is still to be determined. At a minimum, it should significantly increase the number of testers and feedback.”

 “The decrease in average team velocity over the two previous iterations positions Metro for a Firefox 27 release on January 21, 2014,” the meeting notes stated.

The release of Metro Firefox has already been delayed a number of times and has now been in development for over a year.  I suspect I’ll be writing a post in January on its release being delayed again.  In the face of Chrome and a renewed interest by Microsoft in bolstering its own browser Firefox is finished when Google decides to stop funding it.

Source: ComputerWorld

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  • Yuan Taizong

    Personally, I use Internet Explorer, and having been a former all-browser user I’ve prefered Mozilla Firefox over many, but if I’d compare all browsers today Internet Explorer would easily take the lead, I don’t think that there are people delaying buying new Windows 8 P.C.’s simply because their browser-of-choice isn’t in the Windows RunTime enviroment yet.

    • Bugbog

      The main thing is the platform is open to accepting different browsers. If they choose not to develop them, then that’s no skin off of Microsoft’s nose.

  • Steven Varela

    I think it would be best if Microsoft funded Firefox as both Internet Explorer and the Firefox development teams knew each other since Mozilla made the browser in 2002. Also, I’ll bet that the Internet Explorer development team would prefer Firefox to be in the lead than Google Chrome… through I want Internet Explorer to be the most popular browser as it never fails me.

  • nohone

    Go team OSS!

  • ROLO_ONFIRE

    I’d love a firefox browser for my Surface RT