The versions of the Skyfire web browser for Windows mobile and the Symbian OS are going to stop working at the end of this year. Its developer is now putting its focus on its new browsers for the Android OS and iPhone.
The Windows Mobile version of this browser was launched back in 2008, and the Symbian OS version followed later that year. The proxy servers that they depend on for functionality will be shut down on Dec. 31.
A Change in Strategy
Skyfire gives a couple of reasons why these apps are coming to the ends of their life.
An obvious one of these is that with the launch of Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile has become a legacy product.
But more importantly, the Symbian OS and Windows Mobile browsers used proxy servers for virtually all their functionality, an approach that this company has now abandoned.
Skyfire’s new Android OS and iPhone version use a hybrid approach, in which the mobile device handles much of the task of web browsing with Skyfire servers only needed for extra features like video.
According to CEO Jeff Glueck, Skyfire is considering developing a version of its browser for a number of mobile operating systems.
He wrote in a blog post:
Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 and Nokia’s MeeGo platform are both shaping up as platforms with a lot of potential, and the recent launch of the new Blackberry OS 6 with a WebKit browser core makes for interesting potential for a future release of Skyfire 2.0.