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Google has been the Firefox global search default since 2004. Our agreement came up for renewal this year, and we took this as an opportunity to review our competitive strategy and explore our options.
joined:Nov 11, 2000
Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, eBay, Amazon, Twitter and Wikipedia will continue to be built-in as alternate search options.
Yandex Search will become the default search experience for Firefox in Russia Google, DuckDuckGo, OZON.ru, Price.ru, Mail.ru, and Wikipedia will continue to be built-in as alternate search options.
Baidu will continue to be the default search experience for Firefox in China Google, Bing, Youdao, Taobao and other local options will continue to be built-in as alternate search options.
While we have decided to not renew our agreement for global default placement, Google will continue to be a pre-installed search option.
Google will also continue to power the Safe Browsing and Geolocation features of Firefox.
If we assume that the 100 billion [worldwide] Firefox searches are all Google searches...
...that's very roughly an 8% loss
Along with ending its partnership with Google in the US, Mozilla is also directing Firefox to Baidu's search engine in China and Yandex in Russia
joined:Jan 30, 2006
I'll be curious to see if this has any real impact on my site. Should be interesting to watch and see if traffic from Yahoo jumps up or not in December.
joined:Sept 22, 2014
[edited by: snippet at 7:55 pm (utc) on Nov 20, 2014]
Negotiating with Yahoo was simpler than with Google, Baker said. Google competes directly to try to lure users to its own Chrome browser.
"When you have a partnership that has competitive aspect to it, it does require a lot of time and attention and focus," Baker said.
Mozilla was in a good bargaining position: search engines have been placing a higher value on its search traffic, Baker said.
"Both arrangements we were looking at had very good economics," Baker said. "We're utterly confident in our stability and viability going forward."
I wonder what proportion of surfers know how to change a default search engine
... meanwhile chrome installs are SHOVED INTO EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET! next...next..next......chrome is now your default browser
joined:Jan 30, 2006
Having Chrome pre-installed as the default browser in Linux was maddening .. I guess someone over in Linux land woke up too
..its like legal malware / virus installations..
If I understand the agreement between Yahoo! and Firefox correctly, sometime in December, those 43 million browsers will be switched to Yahoo! search as the default in version 34 of Firefox.
Hopefully the FireFox and Yahoo partnership work out for both parties.