Google Rescues Mozilla With Firefox Deal

Dec 21, 2011 • 8:44 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google News & Finances

Mozilla Firefox logoMozilla announced they have reached an agreement with Google to renew their Firefox search deal, to make Google the default search provider in Firefox.

The deal is extended for another three years.

This gives Mozilla some breathing room, as Google's browser, Chrome, continues to chip away marketshare from Firefox, Mozilla's leading browser.

Does Google need to do this deal? Probably not, but clearly there is some interest on Google's side for agreeing to renew the deal for three years.

"Under this multi-year agreement, Google Search will continue to be the default search provider for hundreds of millions of Firefox users around the world," said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla.

"Mozilla has been a valuable partner to Google over the years and we look forward to continuing this great partnership in the years to come," said Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President of Search, Google.

Matt Cutts, Google's head of spam, said on a Google+ post, "Yay, Mozilla and Google renewed their partnership on Firefox! Mozilla is an important, independent voice in the web space, so I'm glad that we're working together."

Forum discussion at Google+ and WebmasterWorld.

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Nick Stamoulis

12/21/2011 02:20 pm

Even though Chrome is growing in market share, Firefox still holds a significant share.  If the deal wasn't done it's likely that Bing would take advantage of that in order to grow their share.  

I8 Idiots

12/21/2011 04:48 pm

"Google Rescues Mozilla With Firefox Deal" Brain-dead Barry the Google Robot strikes again, Firefox is rescued as long as it delivers eyeballs to search engines. Google saved itself from losing lots of visitors to Bing.


12/21/2011 06:48 pm

Just goes to show...the SEO sphere is filled with the same trolls and little children that you see on Yahoo News comment boards. Go away.

Aqeel Syed

12/22/2011 03:29 pm

Google Rescued FireFox? You are kidding me. Google just invested for profit. 

Tenddeapact Solution

12/24/2011 08:44 pm

This is all business. What's the rescue talk about?

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