Mozilla, the company behind the popular open source Firefox web browser receives a great deal of revenue from it’s deal with Google wherein they make Google the default search engine and prominent placement in the search box. The deal between the two companies was set to end this year, and there was talk around the web that Google was set to not renew the deal now that its own web browser, Chrome, was gaining market share. Needless to say, such a deal ending would be very bad for Mozilla and the continued development of the Firefox browser.
Fortunately, according to Tom’s Hardware, Mozilla has managed to renew the Firefox Google search deal for an additional three years. While the exact amount of money Mozilla is paid by Google for the search box deal, the deal’s extension speaks well to Mozilla’s financial stability, and should give them time to build up their browser and explore additional revenue opportunities. Firefox currently holds about a quarter of the browser market, and its continued development is important to keeping the competition on its toes and prodding IE into being standards compliant. The site quoted Mozilla’s CEO Gary Kovacs in stating "this new agreement extends our long term search relationship with Google for at least three additional years," and that the deal between Mozilla and Google was "significant and mutually beneficial."
Are you glad that Firefox is going to stick around? The comment form is always open.
firefox is just feeding its
firefox is just feeding its own demise. Google will gobble up FF’s market share and leave them for dead.
addict and drug dealer relationship…which ends in eventual death.
so long FF guess you couldn’t see the gun pointed at your face.
Firefox is all I have used
Firefox is all I have used since I got my own PC in 2004. It has had some rough patches were it got a bit buggy and the updates were rather frequent but I can’t go to IE, the times that I have to use it on other peoples PCs is torture. I haven’t tried Chrome and I have heard that is comparable in functionality to Firefox and that it is faster, but Firefox is my home and I like it here 🙂