Like it or not, but Opera is the only serious browser for Windows Mobile. As competition is always good, quite a few of us have hoped that FireFox Mobile would shake the market up.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Mozilla has just stated the following:

Given that Microsoft is staking their future in mobile on Windows Mobile 7 (not 6.5) and because we don’t know if or when Microsoft will release a native development kit, we are putting our Windows Mobile development on hold.

Thousands, even millions of potential customers are now left in the rain. They will switch to Opera, and probably (deservedly so) also to Opera on the PC. After all, smartphone browsers are not just a value of their own – they can be used for brand building more than anything else.

For me, it looks like the folks at Mozilla’s don’t seem to care about market share too much. They wait until someone else establishes dominance, and then use the EU to break in. This could work out well depending on the people elected to the EU. However, they will go this way on their own. I have just replaced my FireFox with Opera…

Further information via the URL below:
http://blog.pavlov.net/2010/03/22/stopping-development-for-windows-mobile/


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2 Responses to “Mozilla: we are not interested in Windows Mobile anymore”

  1. I’m sorry but this post seems to have too much self pity and not enough objective analysis. WM’s smartphone market share is in free fall down from over 30% to under 10% within a year. Any developer with sense would not waste valuable resources on a platform that looks like it’s rapidly on the way out. For the remaining users Opera Mobile is a great browser so you have no cause for complaint. As for the PC, Firefox is only going to grow, people are sick of Microsoft alternatives that eternally don’t work.

  2. Hi Alex,
    Opera works perfectly – I agree here.

    The issue is something else: if there’s a small company which wants to grow, I expect it to work hard…

    And giving up Windows Mobile, is, well, stupid!

    Tam

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