The first alpha version of Firefox for Windows Mobile 6 has been released. This pre-beta is intended to let interested parties test this web browser.
The Mozilla Foundation has been working for some time on Fennec — a mobile version of Firefox, and is nearly finished with a version for Maemo, the operating system used by Nokia Internet Tablets. The Windows Mobile version should bring this browser to a much larger audience, though.
The development team is creating a browser that will work well on a smartphone’s relatively small screen. Users of Fennec will also be able to access their bookmarks and browsing history from the desktop version of Firefox.
Not Ready for Primetime
As this is such an early version of this application, Mozilla does not recommend that it be used for daily browsing. As Brad Lassey, one of the developers, warns, “Certain performance problems will become immediately apparent to the user.”
It is being released now so the public can help with the debugging process.
In general, the features that will be in the first full version are in the alpha, and the team is now working on improving the performance.
Lassey said, “We would like to invite interested Windows Mobile developers and users to join with Mozilla’s developer and user community to help develop, test, and refine the product.”
The Alpha 1 version has been targeted and tested on the HTC Touch Pro, but the development team will be adding support for more devices in future releases.