Open source browser developer the Mozilla Group said this week that it is changing direction, and will now focus on a smaller, faster standalone version of its Phoenix browser.
Developers will abandon the toolkit used to create Mozilla's user interface and instead pick up a stripped down set of code written in Extensible User-interface Language.
The Phoenix project features a cut-down browser and a standalone mail application called Minotaur.
The company explained that the browser, which was popular for being fast, is now considered clunky and laden down with too many bells and whistles.
Only three months ago Apple bypassed Mozilla with a sleeker, slimmer browser called Safari.
"The reasoning behind these new roadmap elements comes down to preferring quality over quantity," said the Mozilla Group.
"We must do less, but better, and with sound extension mechanisms, so that [for example] the community does not fight over user interface pigeon-holes such as the main menu items.
"Phoenix is simply smaller, faster and better, not because it has every conflicting feature wanted by each segment of the Mozilla community, but because it has a strong 'add-on' extension mechanism."
Although Mozilla will not immediately ditch its old code base, the transition will be swift and will see the old application left in the dust once version 1.4 of Phoenix is released.
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