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    After more than two years of work, Mozilla has scrapped its effort to build a Metro-specific version of Firefox for Windows 8, saying that users have shown almost no interest.

    Microsoft designed what it previously called the Metro interface for touch-screen devices like tablets and introduced it with Windows 8 along with a version of Internet Explorer designed to run on it. Two years ago, after winning a debate with Microsoft over whether it even could be possible to bring a modern third-party browser to Metro, Mozilla embarked on its Firefox for Metro journey.
    Now it's over for now, though Firefox will mothball the code in case it needs to change its mind.
    read the rest here:Mozilla scraps Metro version of Firefox, citing low interest | Internet & Media - CNET News

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    Not surprising! It was about as user friendly as VLC Metro!
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    More likely because almost nobody is interested in Metro. If they are stuck with win8x , they use the desktop and a desktop browser.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
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    Um, that was naughty...but why oh why do I see Microsoft doing the same in Nine...
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    Hi there
    IMO Mozilla as a browser is only useful for connecting to the TOR network via a little app known as "piratebrowser" (appropriately enough) so when I'm in the UK or France I can still access some very well known "sites" that have been blocked - otherwise almost ANY other browser is better.

    Mozilla started going wrong when it took more effort to configure it than a new Airbus plane and had so many add ons it just became total bloatware.

    For Windows users I can't actually see what's wrong with IE11 - browsing speed these days is not so much dependent on YOUR browser, but on things like Network speeds, how many users are logged on to the target site and of course the code optimisation (if any) of the target site too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    More likely because almost nobody is interested in Metro. If they are stuck with win8x , they use the desktop and a desktop browser.
    Their reasons were the dumbest I've ever heard. Dropping support for a beta you had to get to through a workaround to disable IE11 that worked pretty good already, just sounds like they couldn't admit they did a shoddy job and want to concentrate their efforts on their own tablet os.

    No usage? As much as I like FF as it's been my only desktop browser for a while now, I've recently dumped it in favor of modern IE because of IE's ease of tab syncing between my Surface 2 and pc. I only use it now if I have to.
    The reason I didn't use the beta was because it was horrible. Fact was it didn't work right, it was missing lots of features, it wasn't available for my Surface 2, to use it meant disabling modern IE which works great. It just wasn't an option to use a horrible effort.
    And that is why I didn't use it. Not because I wasn't needing or wanting to.
    Unfortunately this is a blow, but hardly a loss as IE works pretty good. I guess we just forget they're intentions of bringing about their own tablet os in this whole picture.
    The reality is it was never good on Android or IOS either and they can keep their worthless, slow effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Mozilla started going wrong when it took more effort to configure it than a new Airbus plane and had so many add ons it just became total bloatware.
    You don't have to install extra add-ons.
    There are only 3 add-ons that I "need" (i.e. Tab Mix Plus, censored & censored).

    IMO, they started going wrong when they started doing stuff like:
    • Hiding the controls behind the orange button (which is actually missing options/commands that you can find in the Menu toolbar)
    • Hiding the protocols in the Navigation toolbar
    • Removing features/options from the Library, instead of fixing it
    • Allowing glitches to persist in items like the Spell Checker and Languages selection
    • Wasting time on fluff features like social media integration


    That said, FF is the only one of the top 3 that still allows users to customise the interface.
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    The beauty of owning a major company like firefox is having the freedom to do or not do something.

    I read some funny comments on the internet, like

    How dare you? ..
    What are you doing? ...
    You can't do ...
    and ... who do you think you are? .. lmfao
    Like people have shares in the company. I lol
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