Mozilla retains Google as default search engine in Firefox

Summary: Mozilla and Google have renewed their friendship with a new search deal for Firefox.

Mozilla and Google are renewing their partnership with a new agreement regarding the default search engine in Firefox.

That would be Google, obviously, and it will stay that way for at least the next three years, according to the new deal.

Mozilla CEO Gary Kovacs explained in a prepared statement, “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.”

Other search engines that sit below Google within the Firefox browser are Yahoo, Bing, Amazon.com, eBay and Wikipedia.

Financial terms of the agreement have not been disclosed except that it will provide “a significant and mutually beneficial revenue” stream for both parties.

To put the value of this relationship into at least one perspective, Mozilla relied heavily (perhaps too heavily) on Google search revenue in 2010. The Firefox search box has generated anywhere from 85 percent to 90 percent of Mozilla revenue in recent years.

AllThingsD reports that Google contributed approximately 84 percent of Mozilla’s $123 million in revenue last year.

Mozilla Posted the following:

We’re pleased to announce that we have negotiated a significant and mutually beneficial revenue agreement with Google. This new agreement extends our long term search relationship with Google for at least three additional 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.

The specific terms of this commercial agreement are subject to traditional confidentiality requirements, and we’re not at liberty to disclose them.

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