Mozilla pulled the support plug on Firefox 4 three months after its late March debut.
Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox, has made it clear he doesn't consider the enterprise users worth supporting.
In several comments added to a follow-up post by Kaply, Dotzler did not mince words.
"Enterprise has never been (and I'll argue, shouldn't be) a focus of ours," Dotzler said. "I can't imagine why we'd focus at all on the kinds of environments you care so much about."
Later Thursday, Dotzler essentially said it was a return-on-investment decision.
"Years ago, we didn't have the resources [to solve the enterprise support problem]. Today, I argue, we shouldn't care even if we do have the resources because of the cost benefit trade," Dotzler said. "A minute spent making a corporate user happy can better be spent making many regular users happy. I'd much rather Mozilla spending its limited resources looking out for the billions of users that don't have enterprise support systems already taking care of them."
Near day's end, he was even more blunt. "I'm basically saying that I don't care about making Firefox enterprise friendly," Dotzler said.
Some commenters weren't sure how to take his comments.
"Sorry Asa ... I seriously do not know if this is a joke or if you honestly think that the world loves FF [Firefox] that much," said a commenter identified only as "Eric."
But Bixhorn seemed certain that Mozilla's message was coming through loud and clear.
"And John [Walicki], as you point out, Mozilla's recent decision to accelerate the pace of their releases further accentuates the problem of only supporting the latest version of Firefox," said Bixhorn.
"Let me know if you'd like to discuss this further," he concluded, and published his email address.
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