The first deal between Mozilla and Google was signed in 2006 when the world’s biggest Web search engine agreed to invest $57 million in the open-source browser. Now the Firefox browser, shown above, is ubiquitous.
We reported a week ago that Firefox might have some security problems, just as its deal with Google was about to expire. Today, Mozilla announced a new agreement, which extends its relationship with Google for at least three years. Google Search will continue to be used as a predefined search engine on Firefox browser. Alan Eustace, Google’s senior vice president of search, said the company will continue the partnership with Mozilla.
Here is the official statement from Mozilla blog:
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,” 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.
The specific terms of this commercial agreement are subject to traditional confidentiality requirements, and we’re not at liberty to disclose them.