Developer pins death of Firefox for Windows 8 on Microsoft's browser rules

Firefox for Windows 8 on a Surface

Mozilla attributed the death of Firefox for Windows 8 to low adoption, but it didn't say why people weren't using the beta release. Were they not interested? Former Mozilla developer Brian Bondy doesn't think so. Instead, he believes that Microsoft's strict web browser rules are to blame. You can't run a browser in the modern Windows interface unless it's set as the default, and picking that default is a drawn-out process -- some people didn't know that they could use Firefox in the newer environment, Bondy says. Whether or not the OS policy is responsible, we wouldn't expect Microsoft to be more accommodating when Mozilla has complained to little avail for the past two years.