Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 08:25 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones It has long been known that in addition to the N900 port of Firefox (released just 49 days ago) Mozilla have been targeting Windows Mobile, drawing ever nearer to a release. They have now decided to put the port on hold, following the news of Windows Phone 7 Series at MIX (and what that holds for Windows Mobile 6.5). "While we think Windows Phone 7 looks interesting and has the potential to do well in the market, Microsoft has unfortunately decided to close off development to native applications. Because of this, we won't be able to provide Firefox for Windows Phone 7 at this time. Given that Microsoft is staking their future in mobile on Windows Mobile 7 (not 6.5) and because we don't know if or when Microsoft will release a native development kit, we are putting our Windows Mobile development on hold."
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So what
by moondevil on Thu 25th Mar 2010 11:31 UTC
moondevil
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I still don't understand this cry against Microsoft decision to just allow .Net based applications.

If the hardware is performant enough for running JITed applications and .Net Compact+Silverlight+XNA provide the required APIs, who cares?

Of course the only people complaining will be the ones not able to port their beloved C/C++ applications to Windows Phone, but professional software houses won't care that much.

Are you aware that on the IT world most applications are now coded in .Net/Java. Even the game studios are starting the transition to develop most of their engine
tools in Managed environments. For example Unreal engine SDK, http://www.gamedev.net/columns/events/gdc2010/article.asp?id=1822

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