Google to pay $300 million a year for Firefox search rights

Earlier this week, Google and Mozilla confirmed that the two companies had signed a new agreement that would keep Google's search engine as the default search site for Mozilla's Firefox web browser for the next three years. The two companies didn't disclose the financial details of the deal. Today, AllThingsD.com reports via unnamed sources that Mozilla will be getting a lot of money for the deal and it has Microsoft and Yahoo to thank for that, sort of.

The report claims that the new Google-Firefox agreement will pay Mozilla just below $300 million a year for the next three years. That number is described as a big jump from the previous deal. Mozilla said earlier this year Google was responsible for 84 percent of Mozilla's revenue stream in 2010, which came in at $123 million.

Both Microsoft and Yahoo were reportedly trying to secure the Firefox default search spot as well but it looks like Google, which has its own Chrome browser, was willing to pony up the big bucks for that coveted virtual real estate. Even though Firefox has lost some market share in the web browser space to Chrome, it remains one of the most popular free software programs in the world.

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I customize ANY browser so that any search crap is removed/disabled any way and VERY SELDOM use ANYTHING associated with Google or Firefox for anything either.

cork1958 said,
I customize ANY browser so that any search crap is removed/disabled any way and VERY SELDOM use ANYTHING associated with Google or Firefox for anything either.

You must be the village hero, right?

Google's $300 million a year is wasted on the likes of you..not that they'd care with 80%+ using their search engine (figure for deskops only from netmarketshare[dot]com)

Waste of money... Thank God I can still change the search engine back to bing!!! Oh wait, I don't even use Firefox anymore o_O... IE9 + Bing, I always found whatever I needed from the phone (Windows Phone) or laptop(Not a mac)...

Ha ha, just shows how incredibly afraid Google are of Bing. They decided to spend this eye-watering sum of money because of the threat from Bing. But nothing will work. Bing will continue to gain market share like it has been doing for 2 years.

Well done - I hate Bing, I will never use it and I love Firefox. MS stuffed up IE's Favorites management from IE7 and up. Firefox all the way. Firefox is like Google's second child and I am glad they are looking after it. Well done Google.

WinA said,
I hope for that $300M they hire more dev and make better products in 2012.

I hope that they can climb back on top for innovation. It's solid but I think a few UI innovations will go well, like I love the chrome Inspect Element feature.

Gaffney said,

I hope that they can climb back on top for innovation. It's solid but I think a few UI innovations will go well, like I love the chrome Inspect Element feature.

I agree completely, but it's not like they're not innovating at all. Tab groups, to name a single thing they've done this year that others haven't (yet).

thats a lot of money and I dont have any idea why they pay for that. Well, probably they are selling some users background information or some search patters by user. Who really knows.

Its google, nuff said

ThePitt said,
thats a lot of money and I dont have any idea why they pay for that. Well, probably they are selling some users background information or some search patters by user. Who really knows.

I wonder if this deal will earn more than $900 million in revenue for Google, especially given Firefox's declining market share.

Nick Kessler said,
I wonder if this deal will earn more than $900 million in revenue for Google, especially given Firefox's declining market share.

Let's bear in mind that the decline is only slight, and that (according to some stats) Firefox still holds over 20% of the browser market. IMO it would be foolish not to sign. They're not exactly a margin player here.

Remember when someone from the Mozilla foundation criticized Google's privacy and advised people to use Bing? Mozilla just sold out their users for 300 million pieces of silver.

nohone said,
Remember when someone from the Mozilla foundation criticized Google's privacy and advised people to use Bing? Mozilla just sold out their users for 300 million pieces of silver.

People forget things fast on the internet.

Money changes minds quickly... thats how Google works xD

nohone said,
Remember when someone from the Mozilla foundation criticized Google's privacy and advised people to use Bing? Mozilla just sold out their users for 300 million pieces of silver.

MiukuMac said,
Yes because we all know how trustworthy Microsoft is.

Indeed, people forget things fast, eh?

Not a single "Microsoft" uttered in the comment you replied to.

I see what you did there...

nohone said,
Remember when someone from the Mozilla foundation criticized Google's privacy and advised people to use Bing? Mozilla just sold out their users for 300 million pieces of silver.

Person's opinion =/= company views. Just because someone from the Mozilla Foundation says something doesn't mean that their opinion reflects that of the foundation.

nohone said,
Remember when someone from the Mozilla foundation criticized Google's privacy and advised people to use Bing? Mozilla just sold out their users for 300 million pieces of silver.

Ive noticed funny thing: only Windows and OSX version of Firefox Google search plugin xml file contains lines that pick nearest city in search sidebar.