Mozilla has decided to give Firefox for Windows 8 the bullet.Ã‚Â Firefox states that development for a modern Windows 8 app has stopped and wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be resumed anytime soon. The company cites low user adoption.
Johnathan Nightingale, vice president of Firefox, said:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“In the months since, as the team built and tested and refined the product, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been watching MetroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s adoption. From what we can see, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty flat. On any given day we have, for instance, millions of people testing pre-release versions of Firefox desktop, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never seen more than 1000 active daily users in the Metro environment.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Firefox Ã‚Â Team was optimistic with the massive ecosystem that would be present in Windows 8. At least thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what the team at Firefox saw when they started working on the Windows 8 app in late 2012. Unfortunately, they never saw the adoption they were looking for.
Jonathan Nightingale continued:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Instead, we pull it. This opens up the risk that Metro might take off tomorrow and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d have to scramble to catch back up, but thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.Ã¢â‚¬Â