Russian Firefox drops Google for Yandex

Although Google has been the default search engine on popular web-browser Firefox's search bar (located right next to the address bar) for as long as many can remember, Russian users will soon find a new face taking Google's place: Yandex. According to Mozilla General Counsel Harvey Anderson, Russian-localized versions of Firefox 3.1 will have Google rival Yandex as their default search engine, with Google moving to the number 2 spot on the list. According to Mr. Anderson, "Russian users really wanted direct access to the Yandex search services in official Firefox RU builds."

This move marks the beginning of a new partnership between Yandex and Mozilla, one that almost certainly involves ad revenue sharing. Currently, Mozilla shares ad revenues with Google for every search performed through the default browser search settings. This agreement accounts for the large majority of Mozilla's total revenue (88% in 2007), and it may be inferred, then, that Yandex must be offering Mozilla a sweeter deal than Google. Founded in 1997, Yandex is currently Russia's largest search engine, with 44% of traffic to Russian websites coming from the site (as opposed to Google's 24%).

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sharp65 said,
Chromes great for browsing, it's light and fast.

The interface sucks, horrible performance, and lacks about 3/4 of the useful features I need for everyday browsing.

Once they load Chrome 2 up with everything it lacked compared to Firefox and IE, then it'll be too slow to use. It's fast now because it doesn't have anything on it.

Recon415 said,
The interface sucks, horrible performance, and lacks about 3/4 of the useful features I need for everyday browsing.

Once they load Chrome 2 up with everything it lacked compared to Firefox and IE, then it'll be too slow to use. It's fast now because it doesn't have anything on it.


What do you mean horrible performance? You say it's horrible performance and then later says it's fast. I can open Chrome three times before Firefox 3 would even load. Its interface is simple and easy to use except for the idiotic bookmarking scheme. I accidentally add new bookmarks often because the dam thing add a new bookmark you click it.

Plus, the plug-in and tab isolation is wonderful. I haven't had a tab or plug-in crash bringing down the entire browser.

What Chrome need is much better bookmark management and a lot more extensions.

z0phi3l said,
Chrome has NOTHING to do with search preferences of the Russians, so stop trolling

z0phi3l I don't think your getting this. This wouldn't have happened if Google hadn't created Chrome. Now that the clock is ticking for Mozilla it must act to save itself, it must find new sources of income thus the end of Google as the default search. I think we'll see more of this later.

thealexweb said,
z0phi3l I don't think your getting this. This wouldn't have happened if Google hadn't created Chrome. Now that the clock is ticking for Mozilla it must act to save itself, it must find new sources of income thus the end of Google as the default search. I think we'll see more of this later.

Alright I'm not getting this either. How did Google releasing Chrome have ANYTHING TO DO with what search engine Russians want to use by default in Firefox? Please explain.

Vlad said,
Alright I'm not getting this either. How did Google releasing Chrome have ANYTHING TO DO with what search engine Russians want to use by default in Firefox? Please explain.

Yandex went to Silicon Valley last year. They have opened Yandex Labs, which is leaded by the former Yahoo vice president. Obviously, if Yandex goes International web market Firefox will benefit from it in future, because Yandex has some of more advanced technologies and services than Google.
However, Firefox isn't really popular in Russia. According to Yandex stats only 19% of users have Firefox. 28% goes to Opera.
http://stat.yandex.ru/stats.xml?ReportID=2857

That means - to secure positions in Russia, they have to cooperate with Opera. But they are cooperating with Firefox, which is slightly more popular then Opera on west. Possibly because they are thinking of future...

thealexweb said,
This wouldn't have happened if Google hadn't created Chrome. Now that the clock is ticking for Mozilla it must act to save itself, it must find new sources of income thus the end of Google as the default search. I think we'll see more of this later.

Total rubbish. Mozilla have been thinking about switching the russian Firefox's default search engine from Google to Yandex as far back as 2005 in my mind. The switch has *nothing* to do with Chrome, and everything to do with Mozilla using the best search engine for any given country.

Back in 2005 Mozilla wanted to set Yandex as the default, but because of their cozy relationship with Google, they had to keep Google as the default. Now that Google snubbed Mozilla with Chrome, Mozilla is retaliating by really adopting Yandex and going all proper.

em_te said,
Back in 2005 Mozilla wanted to set Yandex as the default, but because of their cozy relationship with Google, they had to keep Google as the default. Now that Google snubbed Mozilla with Chrome, Mozilla is retaliating by really adopting Yandex and going all proper.

So because Google have released their own browser to the entire world, Mozilla are striking back by finally replacing default search engine in the Russian Firefox builds with the most popular Russian search engine?

That'll learn them!

Yggdrasil said,
Is Yandex stock available yet? The IPO was supposed to release fall '08, but haven't heard anything lately.

Is there anyone who goes IPO during international financial crisis?

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