Mozilla has extended its revenue deal with Google for another three years, following some will-they-won't-they speculation about the future of that "sweethearts" partnership. Interestingly, the contract renewal comes just weeks after Google's Chrome browser gently brushed past Mozilla's Firefox to become the world's second- …
Well, when Google first negotiated the deal Firefox has around 25%. Now they still have ~25% but Chrome has ~25%. It's all good news for Google really... they're now the default search engine on over 50% of desktop systems and pretty much all mobile devices.
Exactly my thoughts.
Could be an anti-monopoly tactic
Given the crap the MS got into with IE, funding an alternative browser - whilst still benefiting from it - is a very sensible strategy.
Chrome popularity irrelevant
The popularity of Chrome makes no difference to this deal, only the popularity of Firefox has some bearing on it (i.e. how many browsers / eyes have Google as their default search engine).
Does this mean Google will support the toolbar on Firefox again? Hasn't been working since about v6 AFAICR.
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