Mozilla stops development of Firefox for Windows Mobile

Summary:Sad news for anyone who wanted to add Firefox to their Windows Mobile phones: Mozilla has announced they are halting development on a version of Firefox for the platform. And worse yet, don't plan on seeing Firefox on Windows Phone 7 handsets either.

Sad news for anyone who wanted to add Firefox to their Windows Mobile phones: Mozilla has announced they are halting development on a version of the popular browser for the platform.

And worse yet, don't plan on seeing Firefox on Windows Phone 7 handsets at release time either.

There is some hope, though. Although the Mozilla developers' posted statement says they aren't working on Firefox for Windows Mobile devices as of now, that doesn't mean it will never happen. It's just too bad we won't see any of that work and effort anytime soon.

The problem, they say, is that Microsoft won't release a native development kit for Windows Phone 7, and Mozilla won't develop a version of Firefox for the system until there is one. But they do seem to like WP7 and Windows CE 6 (the base platform for WP7), so maybe something will be worked out down the road.

For now we'll just have to look for Firefox on Android and Maemo platforms.

Topics: Hardware, Browser, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Wi-Fi, Windows

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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