Mozilla Firefox’s Deal With Google Ends, Leaving Roughly 84% Of Revenue Behind

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Let’s just say it! Things are getting bad for Mozilla and its’ browser Firefox. Just last week we reported how Google’s Chrome browser had surpassed Firefox in terms of global market share, and it appears to get worst today. How? Well it appears that Mozilla’s search partnership deal with Google has ended. This was a deal that provided Mozilla with 84% to 86% of its revenue last year. As stated by the Mozilla Foundation:

The Corporation has a contract with a search engine provider for royalties which expires November 2011. Approximately 84% and 86% of royalty revenue for 2010 and 2009, respectively, was derived from this contract.

Now of course this can be renewed! As you are reading, the two sides may be in discussion about the deal. However, Google could decide that their Chrome browser is the future and decide against Firefox. Farfetched considering the likelihood that Bing would step in, but it’s still very possible.

All in all, Mozilla has been in the news a lot lately and not for anything good. Can they survive? Is this just an overreaction? Hit up the comments and let us know!

Via [ZDNet]

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