Forgets about the iPad.
Here is some drama for a Thursday night. In the tablet market where Apple pretty much dominates it with a healthy 90% market share mark (in terms of shipments), Mozilla decided to complain about no other than Microsoft, which, according to them, will not allow other browsers than IE to run in the Windows Classic mode on an ARM based, Windows RT OS.
During the CTIA Wireless show, Myriam Joire from Engadget has had a chance to sit with Mozilla’s Chief of Innovation, Todd Simpson, and chat about the company and its future.
What is it all about? Windows Phone, Gecko and … Firefox version numbering!
Following Microsoft’s lead to bring the consistent UI experience across a variety of different devices with Windows 8 and Windows Phone, Mozilla has combined its desktop and mobile UI teams to create the uniform look.
It doesn’t exactly help to compete when you release updates only once in two years and according to the recently published roadmap, things aren’t about to change.
A HTML5 based game.
Just to show us, how powerful the new web standards can be and what they hold for the future, Mozilla has teamed up with the Little Workshop studios to develop a HTML5 adventure game, which as you might have guessed, runs in your web browser.
Promises seamless Metro integration.
As you might know, Windows 8 will expand Microsoft’s Metro UI, which is currently utilized by Windows Phone, Xbox Dashboard and other software giant products.
Trying to jump ahead everyone but Internet Explorer, which will also have a version specific for the Metro user interface, Mozilla has revealed its plans to create a “Firefox on Metro” for the upcoming Windows 8 OS.
What so special about it?
If everything goes according to the plan, Rust, Mozilla’s experimental programming language that has been in development since 2006, could slowly replace C++, which is currently used by the open source organization.
Following a backlash from the enterprises and various organizations, Mozilla has decided to go with Microsoft’s strategy and will now release only one major Firefox release per year, at least for the institutions.
According to the open source organization, ESR (Extended Support Release) version of Firefox will continue to receive various security updates but will leave Web or Add-ons platform with no changes whatsoever.
While additional details will be revealed within a week, you can check the ESR wiki page for mailing list subscription.
Yesterday, we have reported about a search deal between Mozilla and the search giant, where Google would remain Firefox’s default search engine for another 3 years.
Although more details were not revealed that day, one of the unnamed sources now claims that Google will pay Mozilla almost $300 million for every year or nearly $1 billion in total.