At the same time, Smedberg gave no indication that the backtracking meant Mozilla would boost the x64 Firefox on its to-do list. The company has higher priorities, among them a Windows 8 Metro-style app, an expansion into social networking and an attempt to break into the mobile operating system market with Firefox OS.
Firefox x64's suspension is not likely permanent, however. Earlier this year, Asa Dotzler, director of Firefox, said development would probably be restarted in the future. "I do think we will eventually do a 64-bit release," Dotzler said in a discussion group last March. "That being said, I don't think it should be a priority right now given the many other things we've got on our plate."
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