Firefox Send

    2019


    2020

    Firefox Send was an end-to-end encrypted file sharing service. It was suspended in July 2020 due to abuse, and fully shut down in September 2020.

    Firefox Notes

    2019


    2020

    Firefox Notes allowed users to write and sync encrypted notes using a Firefox extension or an Android app. It will be decomissioned in November 2020, and notes will be available only for export.

    X-Ray Goggles

    2014


    2019

    X-Ray Goggles was a browser extension that allowed users to easily view and edit the source code of any webpage, then share their modifications with other. It was decomissioned in December 2019.

    Firefox OS

    2013


    2016

    Firefox OS was an open-source operating system for smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs, based on Gecko (Firefox’s rendering engine), and the Linux Kernel. The sale of Firefox OS smartphones ended in 2015, and development was discontinued in 2016.

    Appmaker

    2013 (?)


    2015

    Appmaker was a tool to build mobile apps without code. Instead, it used visual blocks and signals. Appmaker, along with Popcorn Maker, was shut down in September 2015 to focus on Webmaker.

    Thimble

    2012


    2019

    Thimble was an educational, web-based code editor that allowed users to easily create and publish websites. Thimble was shut down by December 2019, and users were given the chance to migrate their projects to Glitch, a similar tool for building web apps.

    Shumway

    2012


    2016

    Shumway was an HTML5 and Javascript based SWF media player. It rendered Flash content by using an ActionScript interpreter written in Javascript. Declining usage of Flash on the web was likely to have contributed to the discontinuation of this project.

    Mozilla Persona

    2011


    2016

    Mozilla Persona was a cross-browser, decentralized, single sign-in web authentication system. The project was shut down in 2016 due to low adoption.

    Deuxdrop/Raindrop

    2009


    2011

    Deuxdrop was a distributed, secure messaging system, intended for one-to-one and group messaging. Deuxdrop was a continuation of Raindrop, a previous project with similar goals.

    Mozilla Sunbird

    2005


    2010

    Mozilla Sunbird was an open-source, cross-platform calendar application. Development was discontinued in 2010 to focus on development of Lightning, which was similar to Sunbird but was built into Mozilla Thunderbird.

    Minimo

    2004


    2007

    Minimo was a version of Mozilla optimized for small devices, including cellphones and PDAs, that had limited resources. It was available for platforms including Windows Mobile, Windows CE, and GPE. It was later superseded by Firefox Mobile (code-named Fennec).

    Camino

    2002


    2013

    Camino was a web browser that was built for and integrated heavily with Mac OS X, based on Firefox’s Gecko engine. Camino had a native interface, as opposed to the XUL UI framework used by Firefox. The end of development was announced in 2013.

    Vixen

    2000 (?)


    ????

    Vixen was supposed to be a visual IDE for Mozilla’s XUL UI. It’s features would include a visual form designer that would allow developers to design windows and dialogs without writing code, similar to Delphi or Visual Basic. It seems like the project never got very far.

    Grendel

    1999


    ????

    Grendel was a mail and news client written in Java, and built on Sun’s JavaMail API. It was an open-sourced portion of the code from Netscape Navigator’s Java rewrite, code-named Xena.

    ElectricalFire

    1999


    ????

    ElectricalFire was an open-source, just-in-time Java virtual machine. It was open-sourced by Netscape in 1999 after it was no longer being developed as a commercial product.

    Mariner

    1998


    1998

    Mariner aimed to improve the performance and stability of Netscape Communicator. It was open-sourced in March of 1998, but was abandoned in October that year, as Netscape decided to work on it’s newer NGLayout (now known as Gecko) engine.

    MXR (Mozilla Cross Reference)

    ????


    ????

    MXR was Mozilla’s fork of LXR, a source code indexer that aimed to improve code comprehension. Eventually Mozilla began working on a replacement tool with better static analysis and UI. This replacement is called DXR, and once it reached maturity, Mozilla shut down their MXR instance.

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