Mozilla Stops Developing 64-bit Version Of Firefox For Windows

Mozilla Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg posted on the official Google Groups page that they will be ending the development of Firefox for 64-bit Windows. He cited the following reasons for this shocking decision.

  • Many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions.
  • The plugins that are available don’t work correctly in Firefox because we haven’t implemented things like windowproc hooking, which means that hangs are more common.
  • Crashes submitted by 64-bit users are currently not high priority because we are working on other things.
  • This is frustrating for users because they feel (and are!) second-class.
  • It is also frustrating for stability team triage because crash-stats does not easily distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit builds  in the topcrash lists and other reports. We basically ignore a set of nightly “topcrashes” because they are 64-bit only. (See bug 811051).

According to Mozilla, about 50% of their nightly testers were 64-bit Firefox users and they are taking risk of losing most of them as Firefox users. Are you using Firefox still?

via:TNW

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