Google Pays Firefox $300 Million Per Year
Firefox may be losing market share to Google’s Chrome browser, but given the lucrative relationship Mozilla has with Google, I don’t think the developers will mind one bit.
The pair struck a new deal for the continued use of Google Search inside Firefox for another 3 years. According to some reliable sources, the size of the deal is around $300 million and represents royalty payments that Google will make to Mozilla in order to ensure that both Yahoo and Microsoft keeps away from the millions of loyal users Firefox has on its books.
At just under $1 billion for the 3 years, the deal represents guaranteed income for Mozilla and for the period at least, allows it to shore up its browser stability. Mozilla will also be hoping that it can keep other growing browsers like Opera at bay, now that it has dropped to the third slot as the most popular browser.
The deal also means that for another 3 years at least, Google will be able to keep its search rival Bing at bay. With Microsoft looking to consolidate much of the remnants of the search market outside of Google’s control, any advantage gained needs to be looked after well.
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