Firefox is developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The Foundation is mainly funded through an agreement with Google, where Google pays Firefox to use Google’s search engine as preselected.

However, now that Google’s own browser, Google Chrome, recently won the spot as the world’s most popular browser, it is not as natural for Google to continue the contract.

Mozilla has now announced on their blog that the agreement with Google will continue for another three years, ensuring the continued survival of Firefox.

“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,” said Gary Kovacs, CEO, Mozilla.

“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,” said Alan Eustace, Senior Vice President of Search, Google.

What the contract looks like and how much money is involved, is not clear. However, what is clear is that Firefox needs to innovate to survive. The trend has been pointing downward for both Firefox and Internet Explorer recently.


(via Mozilla Blog)