Mozilla has put the brakes on developing a mobile version of its Firefox browser for Windows Mobile. Though Mozilla planned to deliver Fennec (Firefox mobile) to as many platforms as possible, one of its developers revealed today that the company has stopped working on Windows Mobile. Don’t hold your breath for a Windows Phone 7 Series version either.
According to Firefox developer Stuart Parmenter, Mozilla has temporarily abandoned Windows development because “Microsoft is staking their future in mobile on Windows Mobile 7 (not 6.5).” It didn’t make sense for the company to continue investing resources into a platform that is likely to be dwarfed by the fresher and more headline-grabbing version of the OS.
Meanwhile, Mozilla cannot develop for Windows Phone 7 because Microsoft has decided – for the moment at least – not to release a native development kit. Mozilla has already worked on Windows CE 6, which is the underlying platform for WinPhone7, and would prefer to develop apps in native code. As such, Mozilla has ended its Windows Mobile development until the situation changes. Developers will instead focus on getting a mobile Firefox ready for Android and Maemo.