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.