Feeds

Mozilla, Google extend 'sweethearts' browser deal for 3 years

A marriage made in search heaven

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Mozilla has extended its revenue deal with Google for another three years, following some will-they-won't-they speculation about the future of that "sweethearts" partnership.

Interestingly, the contract renewal comes just weeks after Google's Chrome browser gently brushed past Mozilla's Firefox to become the world's second-favourite surfing tool behind Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

The relationship between Mozilla and Google had supposedly chilled in recent months. But that hasn't stopped the two outfits sticking by each other for another three years.

That's despite the fact that Mozilla does have other search agreements in place with - among others - Bing, Yahoo!, Yandex, Amazon and eBay.

The fact remains that Mozilla derives most of its cash from Google's search, making the partnership a vital one for the open-source outfit. At the same time, traffic the Chocolate Factory gets from Firefox remains important.

However, it's arguably not as juicy a deal for Google as it once was – given that Chrome now holds a 25 per cent share of the browser market, according to the latest StatCounter global figures.

But then, financial details of the revenue renewal contract were kept secret.

Here's what Mozilla's CEO Gary Kovacs said about the deal in a blog post yesterday:

We’re pleased to announce that we have negotiated a significant and mutually beneficial revenue agreement with Google.

This new agreement extends our long term search relationship with Google for at least three additional years.

Under this multi-year agreement, Google Search will continue to be the default search provider for hundreds of millions of Firefox users around the world.

Google senior search veep Alan Eustace also commented on the company's browser sweetheart.

"Mozilla has been a valuable partner to Google over the years and we look forward to continuing this great partnership in the years to come,” he said. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.