Mozilla And Google Renew Firefox Search Agreement. This development happened as Mozilla’s search partnership with Google was due, so the two company renew their agreement. However, the current agreement was due to expire at the end of 2020. So the decision to renew the agreement.
Mozilla Firefox is not a search engine, but a browser. On the other hand, Google is a search engine. Thus the agreement to use Google as Mozilla Firefox default on Mozilla Firefox browser. Whenever, each time you use Mozilla Firefox to browse, on the platform when you click on the Firefox icon it’s Google that will come up.
Mozilla And Google Renew Firefox Search Agreement
Mozilla and Google have extended their partnership which will see Google continue to be the default search engine in the entire range of Firefox web browsers. That is, at least till the year 2023 when this deal comes up for renewal again.
It is believed that the deal is between $400 million to $450 million per year to keep Google as the default search engine on Firefox, ahead of rivals such as Microsoft’s Bing. The Firefox web browser is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS, iPadOS as well as for the Amazon Fire TV platform. Mozilla Firefox competes against Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Vivaldi, and Apple’s Safari browsers.
It hasn’t been the easiest of times for Firefox in the past few months, particularly since the arrival of Microsoft’s chromium-based Edge web browser. Google Chrome rocks a global market share of 71.11% at the end of July, while Microsoft Edge now has an 8.09% share of the browser ecosystem around the world. Mozilla’s Firefox clocks in with a 7.36% share.
Firefox had a 7.58% share at the end of June. Last week, Mitchell Baker, CEO of Mozilla had written a blog post in which he said that the global pandemic has significantly impacted the company’s revenue. This agreement with Google comes at just the right time, in a way, for the company. Mozilla also has similar agreements for Firefox search with Yandex in Russia and Baidu in China, for those parts of the world
Mozilla Announced Plans to Lay off More Than 250 Employees
Mozilla officials are expected to announce the search deal’s extension later this fall, in November, when the organization is scheduled to disclose its 2019 financial figures.
Terms of the new deal were leaked to this reporter, after Mozilla announced plans to lay off more than 250 employees on Wednesday in a move that had many users fearing for the browser maker’s future, as Mozilla’s current Google search deal was scheduled to expire at the end of the year.
However, several sources have confirmed that the organization is financially sound, and the layoffs were part of a restructuring of its core business, with Mozilla moving away from its current role of internet standards steward and experimental approach to its product catalog to more commercially viable offerings that generate revenues on their own.
Mozilla’s long-term plan is to build its own revenue streams from subscription-based services and reduce its dependence on the Google search deal, which has historically accounted for between 75% and 95% of the organization’s entire yearly budget as far back as 2006 when the two companies began collaborating (with a hiatus between 2014 and 2017, when Mozilla signed a similar agreement with Yahoo).
Yesterday’s layoffs reflect this plan, with Mozilla shuttering its threat management security team, software engineers working on Mozilla’s experimental Servo browser engine, developers curating the Mozilla Developer Network portal, and the team behind Firefox’s developer tools. Sources have described the layoffs as over-staffing in areas the organization was not planning to prioritize going forward.
However, work on open standards and protocols will take a backseat to commercialization efforts in the short-term, but Mozilla doesn’t plan to phase out its work in the web development community completely and will most likely come back to its role of web custodian once its subscription-based services ensure long-term business survivability.
Also, current plans include shoring up and expanding its recently launched VPN service and, maybe, dipping its toes into acquiring new tech ventures that could be seamlessly integrated into its product catalog as self-standing revenue-generating streams.
ZDNet agent reached out for comment, a Mozilla spokesperson said the organization had nothing to comment at this point; however, in a response post-publication, Mozilla confirmed our report and provided the following statement: “Mozilla’s search partnership with Google is ongoing with Google as the default search provider in the Firefox browser in many places around the world. We’ve recently extended the partnership, and the relationship isn’t changing.”