Firefox: Mozilla and Google renew their agreement for three years


Google will remain the default search engine for Firefox. The financial terms of the partnership have not been disclosed.

The agreement between the Mozilla Foundation and Google, which expired at the end of the year, is renewed for three years. Google remains the default search engine offered in the navigation bar of Firefox.

The financial terms of the partnership have not been disclosed. They should nevertheless be able to be deciphered during the next publication of the accounts of the foundation, which usually occurs in November. In its latest annual results, Mozilla showed that its financial dependence on Google had slightly increased: in 2010, 86% of its turnover were indeed directly derived from the contract signed with the engine (read the article of 06/12/2011: Renewal of the Mozilla/Google partnership: Firefox in danger?).

This shows how important it is for Mozilla to renew this partnership in order to perpetuate the development and maintenance of its open source browser. It also proves the urgency for the foundation to diversify its sources of funding in order to reduce this relationship of dependence. Not to mention that the question will be asked again in three years: will Google agree to renew a contract with a front-end competitor of Chrome ? Nothing is less certain.


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