A WSJ.com report revealed that Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser, is ending its development of Firefox for Metro. This version of the browser was built specifically for Window 8’s touch-screen user interface. Mozilla cited the low number of users as the reason for ending the development, which has been going on since 2012.

The article quotes Johnathan Nightengale, Mozilla’s VP of Firefox as saying in a statement:  “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 1,000 active daily users in the Metro environment.”

The article goes on to say that Mozilla isn’t the only browser powerhouse who’s forgoing building for Microsoft’s touch user interface. Add Google Chrome and Opera to the list. According to the article, if you are using Windows 8 and want a touch browser, your best option at this point is Microsoft’s own Internet Explorer.

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Wayne Thorp

Wayne A. Thorp, CFA, is a vice president and the senior financial analyst at the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII). His primary responsibility is to oversee AAII's content strategy. He is also the program manager for AAII's Stock Investor Pro fundamental stock screening and research database program and is on the advisory boards of AAII's Stock Superstars Report and Dividend Investing newsletters. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and is a 1997 honors graduate of DePaul University in Chicago. Wayne's interests include stock screening, technical analysis and charting, social media and tech gadgets. However, in the summer he'd prefer to be hip-deep in northern Michigan's Manistee River fly-fishing for rainbow trout. He is also a rabid University of Michigan and Detroit Red Wings fan.

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