Mozilla decides to stop Firefox for Windows 8 Metro browser due to low usage

Posted Mar 15, 2014

Mozilla has decided to no longer push for the development of the Firefox for Windows 8 Metro browser due to low usage, according to a
Mozilla blog post. Mozilla was working on the browser for one and a half years.


The company was not able to see the active users of the Metro app hit over 1,000 daily users. Here is what Mozilla Firefox VP Jonathan Nightingale wrote in the blog post about the low usage:

This leaves us with a hard choice. We could ship it, but it means doing so without much real-world testing. That?s going to mean lots of bugs discovered in the field, requiring a lot of follow up engineering, design, and QA effort. To ship it without doing that follow up work is not an option. If we release a product, we maintain it through end of life. When I talk about the need to pick our battles, this feels like a bad one to pick: significant investment and low impact.

Instead, we pull it. This opens up the risk that Metro might take off tomorrow and we?d have to scramble to catch back up, but that?s a better risk for us to take than the real costs of investment in a platform our users have shown little sign of adopting. The code will live on ? many of us feel a great attachment to the product regardless of its market ? but we?ll focus our efforts in places where we can reach more people. There?s a lot more of that work still to do.

Mozilla considered rolling out the stable version of Firefox for Metro last month, but postponed the launch date to the middle of the month.