Google Rescues Mozilla With Firefox Deal

Dec 21, 2011 • 8:44 am | comments (5) by | 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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