Firefox for Windows 8 with a modern UI was released last month as an open beta after several rounds of updates. Unfortunately, that’ll be the end of the story for the app on the platform since Mozilla has announced that it is pulling the plug on the port for Windows 8. The reason? Lack of user interest. Here’s what the company had to say:
“In the months since, as the team built and tested and refined the product, we’ve been watching Metro’s adoption. From what we can see, it’s pretty flat. On any given day we have, for instance, millions of people testing pre-release versions of Firefox desktop, but we’ve never seen more than 1000 active daily users in the Metro environment.”
This means that if Firefox gets launched on Windows 8, it’ll be riddled with bugs due to little user testing, which will impact user experience and would be a pain for the company to get fixed. The company also said that it had no plans to bring back the project to life anytime soon. You can still use the desktop version of the app though.
The move does show that Windows 8’s Metro UI isn’t gaining the traction Microsoft had hoped for.