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No Firefox for Windows Phone 7. What pompous load of crap

Well it seems that Mozilla doesn’t have any intentions of porting Firefox to the Windows Phone 7 at least according to a quote on Gizmodo from Christopher Blizzard, Director of Developer and Open Source Evangelist at Mozilla.

So we’re doing Android. We were going to do Windows Mobile because Windows Mobile really needed a good browser, but they shut down their platform.

[On Windows Phone 7] they said, ‘You can use stuff in Silverlight if you want, but you have to come through our app store, and we get to veto.’ We’re not going to bother. They’re gonna ship some version of IE, which is gonna be terrible…

So all of a sudden the fact that Microsoft wants to exert some control over the apps that end up going on the Windows Phone 7 is so frigging bad that Mozilla doesn’t want to sully itself by making a version of Firefox for it.

Yet they are willing to toe the line to get their Firefox Home syncing app in the iPhone app store.

Wow, so it’s okay for Apple to set the terms of the App Store yet when Microsoft does it Mozilla gets its nose all bent out of shape.


4 thoughts on “No Firefox for Windows Phone 7. What pompous load of crap”

  1. I was going to post a breathless, adoring comment about how all of this is OK because Steve Jobs is so amazingly cool and that it didn’t really matter what Firefox did because Safari is so amazingly cool and bla bla bla…but I just didn’t have the stomach to write it. Although I’m sure I would have included the phrase “bend over” at some point.

    Just to ask, what would happen in the mobile world (Windows Mobile, Android, iPhone, whatever) if there were well-established ways to get apps WITHOUT having to go through an official app store? Would this be damaging to the OS providers? Or, more importantly, would it be more damaging to the cellular service providers (in my case Verizon, AT&T, et al)?

    1. No, it wouldn’t be damaging to the OS providers or to the service providers. It would simply put the users at risk, the same way they’re at risk when they download – and install – applications on their computers. Of course this would open the market for mobile phone anti-virus and anti-spyware software, which the anti-malware makers would love… but the users certainly wouldn’t.

  2. So, yeah, I hope we can all appreciate the difference between Moz putting a front end for Sync on the Apple Apps store, and rewriting Firefox as a Silverlight app for WP7…

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