Google and Mozilla in talks to extend Firefox search deal

Google just happens to be the default search option for users of Mozilla's Firefox browser. However the agreement between the two companies that allowed Google to be Firefox's main search service actually ended on November 30. Now PCMag.com reports that Google and Mozilla are in talks to extend that search agreement.

For its part, A Google spokesperson said that " ... we still have an agreement with Mozilla, but have nothing new to share at this time." Mozilla's spokesperson also said that the company is in  "active negotiations" with Google but also didn't have anything else to announce. Mozilla's spokesperson did say, "Our search relationship with Google remains positive for both of us. We have every confidence that search partnerships will continue to be a strong and growing generator of revenue for the foreseeable future."

If Mozilla cannot reach an extension on its current Firefox search deal with Google it could have massive implications for Mozilla. In a recent report, Mozilla admitted that it gets a whopping 84 percent of royalty revenues from its agreement with Google.

Perhaps in anticipation of seeing its Google search contract shut down, Mozilla launched a new donation page on its web site asking people to chip in to support the development of the free Firefox web browser.

Google, of course, has its own Chrome web browser which, according to one source, has now overtaken Firefox as the world's second most popular browser (behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer).

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Off the Firefox donation page.

"By clicking 'Donate Now' you will be registered as an annual Mozilla Supporter."

Meaning they will keep your credit card number and make sure you donate yearly? Or am I just confused and reading it wrong.

jdegree said,
Off the Firefox donation page.

"By clicking 'Donate Now' you will be registered as an annual Mozilla Supporter."

Meaning they will keep your credit card number and make sure you donate yearly? Or am I just confused and reading it wrong.

How long will I be an official supporter?

When you join Mozilla you will become an official supporter for a 12-month period from the date you signed up. A few weeks before the 12-month period is complete, you will receive a notification asking if you would like to join again for another year. Please know that your subscription will not auto-renew.
What if I change my mind?

You can unsubscribe from any Join Mozilla communications at any time. Please know that your donation is a one-time event, and will not auto-renew.

Remember that Mozilla is not only caring for Firefox. Also their other products. Ofcourse Firefox is the most popular.

I wonder if Microsoft would ever offer them a similar deal. Perhaps Google have first refusal in the contract making that impossible.

Also, do you think the automatic hatred for MS and Bing sucks attitude would turn Firefox users to Chrome ?

We can all change the search engine but people are funny with things being like that and might not even bother and go for Chrome.

Midnight Mick said,
Chrome could be a much bigger player if it had a proper side bar for it's bookmarks...

That's disgusting.

Midnight Mick said,
Chrome could be a much bigger player if it had a proper side bar for it's bookmarks...

I don't think that's a feature very called for. It sure doesn't seem to end up high in Chromium's bug + feature request list. Google Chrome gives you all your bookmarks at your disposal each time you open a new tab. This is also when you want access to web sites to navigate to, so I'm not sure I see the big deal either. Yes, a side bar is useful to navigate from your current tab in the same tab, but you're really just a Ctrl+Shift+B from doing that in Chrome.

It sounds like Mozilla depend on Google a lot more than Google do on Mozilla now that Chrome is a big player in the browser market.
I for one sure hope an amicable agreement is reached as the more main browser engine suppliers there are the better it is for us consumers. More choice and all that...

Riggers said,
It sounds like Mozilla depend on Google a lot more than Google do on Mozilla now that Chrome is a big player in the browser market.
I for one sure hope an amicable agreement is reached as the more main browser engine suppliers there are the better it is for us consumers. More choice and all that...

Agreed, though I'm sure they would be able to come to a similar agreement with Microsoft's Bing if they lost Google. I would certainly consider Microsoft less hostile...

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed, though I'm sure they would be able to come to a similar agreement with Microsoft's Bing if they lost Google. I would certainly consider Microsoft less hostile...


Main reason Chrome grew is over the back of Mozilla. They USED Mozilla in a way worse way then MS ever did to Mozilla in the old days (back then Netscape).
Plus 95% of Chrome's marketshare comes from FF users, not IE users. Except the ones where Chrome gets forced on foolish people by IT techies (google fanboys) or where Chrome gets added to software people download and install and all of a sudden Chrome is default browser.

I have no idea why people thought Google would end the deal, it makes them money (Google don't really care what software you use when using their site, they just want you to use their site)

It's just like Google releasing apps for iOS devices, even though they're pushing Android. It's better to have Android + iOS users using your services, vs. just Android users.

The_Decryptor said,
I have no idea why people thought Google would end the deal, it makes them money (Google don't really care what software you use when using their site, they just want you to use their site)

It's just like Google releasing apps for iOS devices, even though they're pushing Android. It's better to have Android + iOS users using your services, vs. just Android users.

I think it's just that the lack of news regarding the negotiations makes people nervous. Given the explosive adoption of Chrome, I think it's certainly reasonable to think that Google will have at least considered not renegotiating, and gamble on Mozilla running out of cash and pushing Firefox users towards Chrome.

The_Decryptor said,
Google don't really care what software you use when using their site,
..., except for Opera. Then, Google blocks you.