Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Oct 2011 22:34 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "In a move that will raise eyebrows, Mozilla is now distributing a version of Firefox that uses Bing as the default search provider instead of Google. Rest assured that this is a joint project, though: the creatively-named Firefox with Bing website is run by Microsoft, and both Mozilla and MS are clear that this is a joint venture. Now, don't get too excited - the default version of Firefox available from Mozilla.com is still backed by Google, and there's no mention of an alternative, Bingy download anywhere on the site - but it's worth noting that Mozilla has been testing Bing's capabilities using Test Pilot over the last couple of months, and the release of Firefox with Bing indicates that Mozilla is now confident in Bing's ability to provide a top-notch service to Firefox users." Test pilot or not, I'm stockpiling more baked beans.
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Alternatives to Google
by joekiser on Wed 26th Oct 2011 22:57 UTC
joekiser
Member since:
2005-06-30

Why not just create a dialog box which asks what search engine you want to use the first time you run Firefox? Google Chrome and IE do this already. Give a choice between Google, Bing/Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo and let the user decide.

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RE: Alternatives to Google
by jbauer on Wed 26th Oct 2011 23:16 in reply to "Alternatives to Google"
jbauer Member since:
2005-07-06

Why not just create a dialog box which asks what search engine you want to use the first time you run Firefox? Google Chrome and IE do this already. Give a choice between Google, Bing/Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo and let the user decide.


But that wouldn't make the headlines ;)

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RE: Alternatives to Google
by robojerk on Thu 27th Oct 2011 00:30 in reply to "Alternatives to Google"
robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

Firefox probably gets some revenue from Bing by making it the default search engine.

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RE: Alternatives to Google
by muszek on Thu 27th Oct 2011 13:20 in reply to "Alternatives to Google"
muszek Member since:
2007-04-25

Because Mozilla makes most of its money in a deal with Google that makes it a default search engine.

If they let users choose, that money would be gone.

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ThomasFuhringer Member since:
2007-01-25

And that is most probably the strategy behind the Bing thing: to keep pressure on Google to pay enough by flirting with the competition.

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