Stuart Parmenter, from the Firefox for mobile devices team, has announced that Mozilla will stop development of Firefox for Windows Mobile, expected to be released in final form later this year.
The announcement is hardly any surprising given last week Microsoft’s announcement of its new and promising Windows Phone platform. Unfortunately, Microsoft announcements so far suggest the SDK (software development kit) would not allow for a competing browser to run on it, repeating the same limitation Apple imposed on the iPhone.
At the same time, the future of Windows Mobile is uncertain.
While I hope that we do see Microsoft provide us with a way to build Firefox for Windows Phone 7, we will continue to focus on the things that we can control: building a great consumer product on both Android and Maemo.
Google’s decision to use proprietary H264 on YouTube, seconded by Internet Explorer 9 last week, signals one of the major threats to the open web for the next decade now that we have a healthy pretty much standards based race going on: open formats.
The second is closed important mobile platforms like Apple and Microsoft’s.
It’s becoming clearer that the big differentiator among web browsers will come down to who makes them: companies that have their stockholders’ interests as their top priority (as it should be), and the one for which a healthy Internet is the way to fulfill its mission. There’s a lot of work to be done, Mozilla.