Firefox search engine negotiation for Google, Mozilla?

Mozilla and Google has teamed up for several years now. Google has been the default search engine for Mozilla. And in those instances the latter has been receiving some valuable payments in exchange for the exclusivity.

However, the deal has already expired last November. Does this open the doors for Bing and other search engines to knock on Mozilla’s doors and offer their services to this browsing giant?

A spokesperson from Mozilla has confirmed that they “are in active negotiations” with Google “[but] have nothing further to announce this time.”

She added that their “search relationship with Google remains positive” for the two. She also indicated that they have “every confidence that search partnerships will continue to be a strong and growing generator of revenue for the foreseeable future.”

An official statement from Google said that the company doesn’t generally “disclose specific terms of business agreements” and that they “can confirm that we still have an agreement with Mozilla, but have nothing new to share at this time.”

In their October slate report however, Mozilla admits that their biggest search contract is with Google, taking up 84 percent of its royalty revenues.

According to the Mozilla-managed search engine, “the majority of Mozilla’s revenue is generated from search funtionality included in our Firefox product through all major search partners including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Yandex, Amazon, Ebay and others. Mozilla’s reported revenues also include very important individual and corporate donations and grants as well as other forms of income from our investable assets.”

So will these two internet giants take their separate ways? Let’s stay tuned 🙂

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